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PGA Tour best bets: Wells Fargo Championship

May 3, 2022 10:10 PM
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Jon Rahm held at least a share of the lead at the end of each round of the Mexico Open and held on to win by one stroke over Tony Finau, Brandon Wu and Kurt Kitayama. The No. 2 player in the world and tournament favorite (at around 9-2) won for the first time since the U.S. Open in June. His seventh PGA Tour victory (14th worldwide) was not enough to eclipse current No. 1 Scottie Scheffler in the OWGR, but he has now won a PGA Tour event in each of the last six years. 

This week’s field at the Wells Fargo Championship is weaker than most years, but like last week in Mexico, it does feature one headliner at the top of the market: Rory McIlroy (7-1), the defending and three-time champion (2010, 2015, 2021). McIlroy won those three titles at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. This week, he will be going for his fourth Wells Fargo title at a new venue, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland. TPC Potomac most recently hosted the Quicken Loans National in 2017 and 2018 and steps in this week because Quail Hollow will be hosting the Presidents Cup in September. 

Behind a short-priced McIlroy, who makes his first start since he rallied to finish runner-up at the Masters, is Corey Conners (20-1), who also played well at Augusta with a sixth-place finish. Aside from world No. 7 McIlroy, others in the OWGR top 30 this week include Matt Fitzpatrick (22-1), Finau (25-1, shot 63 Sunday for his best finish since a win at the Northern Trust in August), Tyrrell Hatton (28-1), Abraham Ancer (30-1, last year's runner-up at Quail Hollow) and Paul Casey (35-1). 

With the Byron Nelson in Dallas located about 200 miles from PGA Championship venue Southern Hills, more players are electing to use next week as their preparation for the next major in two weeks.

The Event

The Wells Fargo Championship has annually attracted one of the better fields on the PGA Tour since its inception in 2003. The tournament has been held at Quail Hollow each year except 2017, when Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship. 

Previous winners include big names such as Vijay Singh (2005), Jim Furyk (2006), Tiger Woods (2007), Rory McIlroy (2010, 2015, 2021), Rickie Fowler (2012) and Jason Day (2018). 

The Course

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is located 20 miles from Washington and is nicknamed “The Beast of the Beltway.” The track last hosted a PGA Tour event in 2017 and 2018 for the Quicken Loans National. The Booz Allen Classic (originally the Kemper Open) was also held here and was an annual stop on tour from 1987 to 2006.

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