2015 Wells Fargo Championship Preview and Pick
Rickie Fowler took The Players Championship in PGA’s latest main tourney, but golf fans will be looking for a new champ at the next event on the schedule, as the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship hits the green on May 14th.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy naturally headlines the event and should probably be the favorite to take the crown, while J.B. Holmes is another top contender after claiming the event in 2014.
McIlroy and Holmes are far from the only threats to win this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, though. Henrick Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson are just three other elite golfers that could make a run at first place, where a $1.278 million prize awaits.
Webb Simpson leads the way as far as sleepers go, as he’s actually from Quail Hollow, which hosts the Wells Fargo Championship. He hasn’t had the greatest year, but he’s a very solid golfer and will be playing in his own backyard. The course has undergone changes over the past five years, but if anyone is going to know this course like the back of their hand, it might be Simpson.
While Simpson is probably the top sleeper to bet on (66/1 odds), he’s not the only dark horse to monitor going into Thursday’s tourney. Martin Laird (100/1) is an interesting name to track, as he’s struggled of late but was finding plenty of success earlier in the year.
Nick Watney (80/1) and Brendan Steele (100/1) are two other fun sleepers to watch. Watney has two top-10 finishes on the year and he’s beyond due for a big finish. Steele recently cracked the top-10 at the Texas Open in March and could be picking up some steam as we move along on the schedule.
No one is going to be shocked to learn McIlroy (7/2) leads the way. He tore this course down in 2010 and is PGA’s best talent right now. He’s not alone at the top, though, as Stenson and Jim Furyk (both 18/1) have more than enough talent to push hard for first. The aforementioned Mickelson (20/1) and Matsuyama (22/1) are oviously strong contenders by the books, as well, while Bill Haas (25/1) and last year’s champ, Holmes (28/1) are the last golfers with better than 30/1 odds.
I’m torn between McIlroy and Furyk. Furyk was the runner-up a year ago and has enjoyed a solid 2015 campaign, while McIlroy won at this course in 2010 and is still chasing his first win of 2015.
I think the drought continues on a bit for McIlroy, who has only competed in four major PGA tournaments on the year. He has three top-10 finishes and should once again be in the mix at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship, but I don’t think he wins. Furyk was so close he could smell it last year and he’s been playing good golf. I think he gets his second win of 2015 with a strong showing this weekend.
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