2018 Wells Fargo Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following some 2-man team fun at last week’s Zurich Classic, we head to the Wells Fargo Championship for some regularity, as Quail Hollow returns as the host course after a one year hiatus due to the course hosting the PGA Championship last fall.  It’s no cupcake, as now a par 71 and 7,554 yards (on the card anyway, it’ll likely play shorter than that each day), it’s a beast of a track.  Let’s keep it short and sweet this week and hop right into the picks:

LOCKZILLA

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
– Can’t avoid the chalk here, as Rors has dominated here at Quail Hollow in his career, with 6 top 10s, including two wins.  Certainly has to be feeling some disappointment after his Masters Sunday letdown, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a monster 2nd half of the 2018 golfing calendar for the 28-year-old.  Hop aboard.

SEMI-FLIER

Adam Scott
Adam Scott
– I had Scotty pegged as my Lockzilla here last year and he skated in with a t-36th finish, albeit at a different course (Eagle Point Golf Club).  The Aussie is still greatly struggling with the flatstick, but remains one of the best ball-strikers in the game.  I don’t see a trophy in his near future, but given that the new green surfaces are still unknown to most of the rest of the field, I expect that to neutralize (at least a bit) the issues he’s had with the putter and see him finishing in the top 20 this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
– Can’t argue with his track record here, it’s incredible- 11 finishes of t-12th or better in 13 appearances at Quail Hollow (no wins, amazingly).  Obviously that course history speaks for itself, and his form this year pre-Masters was rock solid.  But, Phil’s feel was clearly off at Augusta and combine that with Quail Hollow now playing on different grasses than in years past (bermuda greens, ryegrass rough) and I’m going against the grain and am 100% in fade mode on Lefty this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK

Bud Cauley
Bud Cauley
– Missed the cut with his partner Justin Thomas last week as the Zurich Classic, but don’t let that fool you as Bud was in solid form prior, coming in on the heels of a t-14th at Bay Hill, a t-18th the Houston Open and a t-23rd at Harbour Town.  A pair of t-38ths here at Quail Hollow in the past, along with a t-33rd at the PGA Championship last August.  I have a feelin’ Bud makes some noise this week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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