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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: Wells Fargo

Twofer Tuesday leaves the Deep South and heads back home to North Carolina and the Wells Fargo Championship.

Defending champion Max Homa

Granted, the Wells Fargo Championship is played a bit farther south in the state than my home (Charlotte vs the Piedmont Triad area of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem) but it's still a home game to me.

The Quail Hollow Golf Club is a long hard trek for the players brave enough to tackle it -- a par-71 measuring over 7500 yards, always ranked as one of the toughest tracks on Tour, finishing with one of the toughest three-hole stretches in the game, the notorious Green Mile.

The defending champion -- from 2019, as it is at so many events this year -- is Max Homa. It was his breakthrough win and, along with his recent win at Riviera, has given him a rep for playing well on challenging courses. He'll have his hands full trying to defend at Quail Hollow though.

And while you'd normally expect a long hitter to dominate here, the occasional 'normal length' hitter gets his due -- most recently, Brian Harman won back in 2017.

So who shall we pick this week? I've decided to take one favorite and one dark horse.

  • My first pick is Will Zalatoris. Let's be honest -- after all the Top10s he's had and that runner-up at Augusta, you have to consider him a favorite on a course like this. And after taking a little time off he should be fresh and ready to show the big boys that he can win here, just like Homa did in 2019. If his putter comes along for the ride, he could make it really tough for the other guys.
  • And my dark horse pick is Joaquin Niemann. He'll need to be a bit more accurate off the tee if he hopes to do well here, but he's plenty long off the tee, hits plenty of greens and he's 10th in birdie average. He may sneak up on the rest of the field.

Yeah, I picked two guys who haven't won on Tour yet. But strange things can happen at Quail Hollow... and if you know anything about the movie The Green Mile, then you know miracles sometimes happen there.

GC's coverage starts at 2pm ET Thursday. It's one of those weeks when we get to see the best in the game struggle the way we mere mortals do. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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