His comeback is compelling from a sporting perspective but Tiger Woods' resurgence is like gold dust for golf's PGA Tour
02 May, 2018, 13:05
McIlroy is also the only player to win the Wells Fargo Championship a couple of times, and his -21 to par back in 2013 is a tournament record. It reverted to Par 71 for last year's PGA Championship, with a trio of holes lengthened to boot.
With such a loaded field for this week's Wells Fargo Championship, we only find ourselves with four players over the $10k mark, three of which surpass $11k. That wasn't the first time seeing Quail Hollow Club as Thomas pieced together a T7 in his 2015 Wells Fargo Championship debut and returned to miss the cut in 2016.
Quail Hollow is a super-long track; indeed, it's one of the longest on the Tour at a shade under 7,600 yards for its Par 72.
Which brings us nicely to McIlroy, the Quail Hollow course record holder, who makes his reappearance after a bitterly disappointing final round at Augusta nearly a month ago.
Yet, with the benefit of a few weeks to reflect, McIlroy will surely feel there is plenty to be positive about, not least a return to action at a course which has treated him very well indeed over the years. "I've had a top 10 and finished 13th at the PGA so I like this golf course a lot". "It's something I've really circled this year, and I'm trying my best to qualify for the team". Prior to his Augusta success Reed was a runner-up at Valspar and came T2 at the Arnold Palmer.
Not that a fifth in a Major, coming on the back of a win at Bay Hill on his previous strokeplay outing, is terribly wrong at all.
"The greens won't be quite as fast as they were at the PGA", said Harman.
Webb Simpson - Webb Simpson is another guy who is hitting the ball well now, as he has top-25 finishes in four of his last six events and is coming off a fifth place finish at the RBC Heritage. At +900 odds, Thomas will be a popular sports betting pick this week.
His win at the Wells Fargo previous year was Harman's last win on Tour so he wants to snap that winless streak in a big way.
That is also the case with the 40/1 quotes about Louis Oosthuizen, who shared second alongside Reed here last August. Experience should also signal that Day could be on the verge of delivering his best performance ever at this event. Simpson and +3300 odds is worth consideration this week. The Aussie was right in contention to win his second major, only to fluff his lines on the final two holes, as he bogeyed the 17th then carded an eight on the last.
At the prices he has to be worth looking at, although this big-time event deserves a big-name victor. The favorite, Rory McIlroy leads the way on DK at $11,800. Only once in the last 20 years has no one from both qualifiers made the cut.
"If he doesn't have a chance to win. things irritate him more".
The Italians also defeated Chelsea 3-0 in the group stages before Christmas, and Edin Dzeko poses a proper threat, while they've yet to concede at home in Europe this season.
"I don't have all the insane things to go along with it", he said.
Much has been made about the big European nights being back at Anfield, but Klopp's men have been every bit as good on the road, scoring 18 times in five games, and Salah and Roberto Firmino could prove too much for the Roma rearguard again. "But it's not like I'm going to have those on my refrigerator and checking them off".