Wells Fargo Championship set to start


The Wells Fargo Championship begins this week in Charlotte. This upper end PGA Tour event is played at Quail Hollow Country Club. The first event will be a Pro-Am event that will be played later today.
The Wells Fargo Championship is considered to be a preparatory event for the United States Open in June. That status has enabled it to attract good fields over the years.

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Normally the tournament is played early in May before the Players Championship, but this year there was a conflict with the World Golf Match Play Championships. That resulted in the tournament being moved to this week after the Players. That shrinks the amount of time between the event and the US Open, which might make it a better tour stop.

The Wells Fargo will see a number of highly ranked golfers. Almost half of the top twenty will be on hand for the Tournament. That will include Phil Mickleson, Jim Furyk, and Rory McIlroy among others. Unfortunately Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, and Jordan Spieth will not be on hand for different reasons.

Defending champion JB Holmes will also be on hand, and he has been playing at the same level that led to his victory last year.

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  • As for who else might win, well ESPN’s Jonathon Coachman believes that Kevin Kisner will continue his good play from last week at the Players Championship. Kisner lost in a sudden death playoff to Fowler after getting through a three hole playoff that included Sergio Garcia. Kisner’s game was very solid last Sunday, and that should build his confidence.

    Local connections will also abound. Wake Forest alums Webb Simpson and Bill Haas will be in the tournament, as well as former Clemson player Ben Martin. Then there is Zimbabwe’s Brendan De Jonge, who lives in Charlotte. Overall, there is lots of good golf and stories that could emerge over the next few days.