2019 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

Hideki Matsuyama– Remember him? The 27-year-old Japanese stud has been playing steady all season, making all 11 stroke play cuts and notching 3 top 10s, including a t-8th at the PLAYERS. He’s never missed a cut here in 4 appearances at Quail Hollow, highlighted by a t-5th at the 2017 PGA Championship. Not quite sure that he’s ready to hop back into the winner’s circle yet, but I see him being right there in contention on Sunday.

SEMI-FLIER


Byeong Hun An– Don’t be scared off by his MC in his last start at the RBC Heritage two weeks ago, as his form is stout (10 for 10 on made cuts prior to the Heritage, including a t-7th at the Valero in his previous start) and he finished t-28th at the 2017 PGA Championship. I expect a strong performance from “Benny An” this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST

Jason Kokrak– This is a trap. He’s the hometown boy and is on a tear of late, with a slew of top 25s (6 of last 7 tourneys) and with his last missed cut dating back to the British Open last July. Great playing, Koks! Many of you who read my blog regularly know that I’m a big Kokrak fan, and inevitably expect for him to break through with his first PGA Tour win soon. But, it won’t be coming this week as he’s missed 4 of 7 cuts here and has never posted a top 20. Sure, he’s in better form than ever, but I don’t see that trend changing this week. Stay away and thank me later.

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


Adam Hadwin– Does not quite have the track record here that I’d expect for him to have, although he did post a solid t-18th here last year. Been a disappointing year thus far for the Canadian, but he seemed to find his game last week at the 2-man Zurich Classic, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him surprise more than a few this week with his name on the leaderboard. Not quite the ringing endorsement you say? I hear ya. But, it’ll feel all the better when he finishes t-9th this week. Adam Hadwin is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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