The Wells Faro has returned to its home, Quail Hollow, as players look to fine tune their game with the PGA Championship on the horizon.
In its own right, the Wells Fargo Championship is one of the biggest and most popular tournaments on the PGA Tour calendar.
The powerful quartet – McIlory, Rose, Day and Fowler headline the field and it will make for exciting viewing this weekend as Day looks to defend his title.
Historically, the key to competing here has been to take care of the par 5s. If you can score well on the par 5s, it leaves you in a strong position to tackle the rest of the course which provides a sterner examination.
Players like McIlroy and Finau stand out as players who will relish the par 5 challenge. They have weapons to overpower any layout and their distance could give them an edge this week.
This is a famous stretch of holes from 16-18 dubbed as “The Green Mile”. The Green Mile is the final nail in the coffin in a tough finish – in fact, each hole ranks inside the top 50 hardest holes of the PGA Tour season.
One thing is for sure, The Green Mile plays its part in this Championship year after year and players must negotiate this stretch to contend this weekend.
There were no Green Mile issues for Day last year, he managed to play it bogey free the whole week. He could certainly sell that kind of form to the contenders on Sunday!
As I previously indicated, I do like Finau’s chances at this venue. He comes into this event in a rich vein of form exemplified by his 5th place finish at Augusta.
It was a disappointing final day for the American but it is clear to the golfing world that he is a talented player who will become a multiple winner on the PGA Tour.
Quail Hollow demands a balance between driving excellence and short game scrambling. These are two areas that Finau thrives in.
In the final round last year he shot a best in the field 66, he cracked the code for this course and should be a factor over the weekend.
For me, Phil Mickelson has a great shot at adding to his tally of PGA Tour victories this week.
Quail Hollow, is a course that plays to Phil’s strengths. He knows his inevitable mistakes off the tee won’t be punished too severely which sets up his short game supremacy to come to the floor.
His record here speaks for itself- in 16 appearances he has 8 top5s and a further 2 top 10s. He has been knocking on the door for well over a decade and this could be the week he ends his Quail Hollow drought.
Mickelson is as long as he has ever been boasting faster clubhead speeds and he will benefit from this new found distance this week.