Fantasy Golf Picks and Predictions for the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship May 1st – 4th
Tiger Woods remains sidelined but sources have confirmed that he has resumed some light chipping. Meanwhile the PGA TOUR rolls on with the field becoming a little more robust this week in North Carolina. Phil Mickelson will make his first start since missing the cut at Augusta – a rarity to say the least since he hasn’t been cut there since 1997. Although winless at Quail Hollow, Phil has seven top-10s in his last ten appearances here, including 2nd place finish in 2010.
Last year’s winner, Derek Ernst, will be accompanied by six other past champions, all seeking to become the first repeat winner in this event since it launched eleven years ago. Rory McIlroy almost accomplished that feat but fell to Rickie Fowler’s first TOUR win in a three-man playoff back in 2012.
Webb Simpson, who hasn’t made much noise this year, is playing on home turf this week – he resides not too far from Quail Hollow. Simpson held the 54-hole lead two years ago before losing out to the three-man playoff by one stroke.
We didn’t see many big names in the field last week in New Orleans, but that has all changed this week as players are starting to prepare for the upcoming Players Championship. As we mentioned, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy will be in attendance to fight off past champs Rickie Fowler and Derek Ernst. Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Justin Rose will in the field as well, and you can’t look past guys like Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan, and Brendon de Jonge.
Quail Hollow Club measures in at 7,442 yards and plays as a par 72. This beautifully laid out track was designed by George Cobb and opened way back in 1962. From the start this course proved its worthiness of hosting big events for all the major TOURs. Quail Hollow originally began hosting the Kemper Open in 1969 and continued to do so for ten years after. From there the course then went on to host the World Seniors Invitational for an additional nine years. After a little Tom Fazio facelift, the PGA TOUR came back to Quail Hollow in 2003 for this event. Quail Hollow will play host to its first major championship in 2017, a date it was granted to host of the PGA Championship. Like other courses on TOUR, this track has a testy 3-hole stretch known as the “Green Mile.” Some players and analysts label this trio as the toughest finishing combination on the PGA TOUR.
Here is a flyover of the tough 16th at Quail Hollow:
Weather Forecast for Charlotte, NC (from weather.com)
- Round 1: Thursday (April 24) 75 degrees, 20% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 2: Friday (April 25) 68 degrees, 0% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 3: Saturday (April 26) 72 degrees, 20% chance of rain, partly cloudy.
- Round 4: Sunday (April 27) 79 degrees, 0% chance of rain, sunny.
In 2013 Derek Ernst beat out difficult field to capture his first PGA TOUR win. Ernst took on David Lynn after forcing a playoff with a tap in birdie on the 72nd hole, quickly defeating him with a birdie on the first playoff hole. At one point, Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead with only three holes remaining. Lefty tried to hang in tough but wind and rain forced him to bogey Nos. 16 and 17 and drop out of contention. Ernst finished with a 2-under 70 and went on to win after dunking a beautiful 15-footer for birdie, seemingly coming out of nowhere to win the event. Believe it or not, Ernst had entered Quail Hollow last year having missed 6 of 8 cuts in the previous events he has played.
- Television Broadcasts
- Thursday-Friday, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).
- Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (GC), 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Radio Broadcasts
- Thursday- Sunday, noon – 6:00 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com).
- Mobile Broadcasts
- Simultaneous coverage on the Golf Live Extra mobile app by Golf Channel.
It was a tough week in Louisiana, as we watched a number of top contenders fall by the wayside on what proved to be a challenging TPC track. In total our fantasy picks brought in a disappointing $346,800 at the Zurich Classic, but we’re prepared to shake that off and come back strong again this week. The one bit of shining hope last week was Justin Rose’s T8 finish, bringing in a total of $197,200 in fantasy cash.
Our Top 5 (and Top 2 Sleeper) Fantasy Picks and Odds to Win The 2014 Wells Fargo Championship
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Last Week’s Results: Top 5 Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 Zurich Classic
- Rickie Fowler (Golficity Odds 18/1): MC
- Ryan Palmer (Golficity Odds 25/1): MC
- Matt Every (Golficity Odds 30/1): WD
- Russell Knox (Golficity Odds 35/1): MC
- Justin Rose (Golficity Odds 38/1): T8 ($197,200)
Last Week’s Results: Sleeper Picks/Odds to Win the 2014 Zurich Classic
- JB Holmes (Golficity Odds 50/1): T11 ($149,600)
- Kevin Stadler (Golficity Odds 50/1): MC
Fantasy Golf Predictions Stats: Season to Date
- Total Fantasy Dollars: $20,832,565 (Average tournament winnings of $1,225,445).
- Winners picked: 5 winners selected out of 17 tournaments (29.41% winners picked in 2014).
- Top 10s: 44 out of 119 players picked (36.97% of players picked finished in Top 10).
- Top 3s: 14 out of 119 players picked (11.76% players picked finished in the Top 3).
- Missed Cuts: Only 15 out of 119 players (87.39% of the picks made the cut in 2014).
- Major Winners Picked: 1 out of 1 (100%)
What are your fantasy picks and predictions for this week’s 2014 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow? Let us know by leaving your comments below.