The Wells Fargo Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA tour that is held annually at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was first held at the Wachovia Championship in 2003 and was renamed as the Quail Hollow Championship in 2009 and 2010.
The event is known to have one of the toughest finishes in the Tour with holed 16,17 and 18 known as the “Green Mile” known as some of the Tour’s toughest holes. From 2004-06 and 2011-13, the tournament has finished in a playoff. Majority of the charity proceeds from the tournament benefit Teach for America. The major organizer of this event is Champions For Education, Inc.
In 2017, the Wells Fargo Championship had a total purse of $7.5M including the champion’s bounty of $1.35M. Also in 2017, the tournament was held on the coast in Wilmington at the Eagle Point Golf Club because Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in mid-August of that year.
Last year, Australian Jason Day won the tournament by two strokes over Nick Watney and Aaron Wise. The best score in this tournament’s history was Rory McIlroy’s -21 under par 267 in 2015.
This year, the tournament will be held from May 2-5, 2019. However, the complete field isn’t available yet as players still have until Friday to commit.
Who are the favorites?
Perhaps the most prominent name to have committed to playing in the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is having a fantastic start to his 2019 season.
The current world #4 and #3 ranked player in the FedEx Cup ranking is coming off a T-21 finish at the recently concluded 2019 Masters Tournament. Before that McIlroy, had seven straight Top-10 finishes which include his victory at THE PLAYERS Championship last month.
McIlroy is the only two-time winner of the Wells Fargo Championship, winning in 2010 and 2015. He has missed the cut here only once in the past six years and has finished 16th place or better in the years he made the cut. He is the fourth former champion to have committed to playing at Quail Hollow.
Defending champion Jason Day is another Wells Fargo Championship winner who will be competing this year. The world’s 14th ranked golfer has placed in the Top 8 in four out of the seven tournaments he’s played in this year. Day is coming off a 5th place effort in Augusta, his highest finish at The Masters since 2013.
World #5 Justin Thomas has also committed to the Well Fargo Championship. The 25-year old University of Alabama was a T-12 at the Masters Tournament. Before that, Thomas had a string of three Tournaments where he finished T-30, T-35 and T-24. Thomas opened the year with a T-16 in Hawaii and followed that up with a T-3 in Phoenix and a T-2 the Genesis Open.
Sergio Garcia is also another big name who will be teeing off at Quail Hollow. The 29th ranked player in the world was among those CUT in Augusta but before his Masters struggle, Garcia had three Top-10 finishes in six starts this year. His best finish so far this year is a T-5 at the WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play.
J.B. Holmes is the third former champion who will be competing at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship. The 36-year old from Kentucky won this tournament in 2014 and is currently the 47th ranked player in the world. Holmes won the 2019 Genesis Open but missed the cut in his next two tournaments entered. He finished T62 in Augusta.
The 4th former winner who will be playing this year is 2011 Well Fargo Championship victor Lucas Glover. Ranked #80 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Glover has 10 Top 25 finishes in 13 starts. These include four Top-10 finishes including a T4 at the 2019 Honda Classic.
The odds for the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship aren’t out yet. That’s because the field hasn’t been finalized as well. Players have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 26, 2019, to commit to the tournament although they can withdraw anytime. Until then, we can’t be sure who we want to pick as the winner. If you are new to betting then get some our golf betting tips before the place your bet.
The names of the players who have committed to playing in the tournament so far, Rory McIlroy stands out among the group. Not only because he is the tournament’s only two-time winner but because he is having a great start to his season. He may have disappointed again in The Masters but overall McIlroy is playing very well in 2019.
Jason Day and Justin Thomas are also two of the players worth watching. While they aren’t as playing as well as Rory right now, both are having a good start in 2019. We’ll be posting updates to the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship once they are available.