2012 Wells Fargo Championship Preview

Updated: May 1, 2012

PGA Tour moves from Louisiana to North Carolina for this week’s Wells
Fargo Championship.  Lucas Glover will look to defend his title against a
fantastic field that includes the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory

The Course: Quail Hollow Club
Quail Hollow
Club is a par 72 private course that measures out to over 7,400 yards. 
Many of the holes on this course have doglegs to them of varying
lengths. Three out of the four par 5s on the course are reachable in two
for most of the players in the event, while the par 3s will provide a
difficult challenge (the sixth hole is over 250 yards in length).  The
key for players this week will be driving, as many of the tee shots are
narrow and can penalize even the slightest mishit.

Players to Watch
Tiger Woods:  Woods
played poorly in his last event (at the Masters), never breaking even
par in all four rounds to finish T40.  Even with his poor performance at
that event, he still ranks in the top 50 on the Tour in driving
accuracy, greens in regulation, and total putting, so I wouldn’t count
him out by any means to compete for another victory this week.

Rory McIlroy:  McIlroy
fared just as poorly as Woods did at the Masters, finishing T40 as
well.  The one thing that concerns me about picking him to win this week
is his performance on par 5s; he currently ranks 153rd on Tour in par 5
performance. That will not get it done at this week’s event, so it will
be interesting to see how he creates opportunities for himself besides
the par 5s.

Phil Mickelson:  As
opposed to Woods and McIlroy, Mickelson nearly won the Masters this
year, finishing in third after a disappointing final round that included
a triple bogey on a par 3.  Phil hasn’t been too good with the long
stick this year, ranking 142nd on Tour in driving accuracy, but he still
has a hot putter and ranks in the top ten in par 5 performance.  In
other words, expect him to be in contention come the weekend.

TV Schedule
Golf Channel: Thursday/Friday 3pm – 7pm EST
CBS: Saturday/Sunday 3pm – 6pm EST

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade and currently runs The Yips Blog,
a blog dedicated solely to the game of golf. He covers sports for the
Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.

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