It's a tough course and a great field, and that impacts the ideal strategy for PGA DFS and betting decisions.
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Quail Hollow Club Course Info & Key Stats
Distance: 7,538 (around 240 yards longer than the average par 71)
Fairway Width: 30.8 yards (average; 25th of 80)
Average Green Size: 6,578 (larger; around 110% the PGA average)
Green Type: Poa Trivialis overseed
Recent Winning Scores: -10, -15, -12, -9, -21
Recent Cut Lines: +2, +1, +3, +1, Even
Key Stats (in Order of Importance): Strokes Gained: Approach, Driving Distance, Strokes Gained: Putting, Birdie or Better Rate, Total Strokes Gained
Quail Hollow, while a storied course historically on the PGA Tour, has had an in-and-out situation with the PGA Tour schedule. Last season, it hosted the Presidents Cup, so the Wells Fargo was held at TPC Potomac. In 2020, the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And in 2017, the Wells Fargo was held at Eagle Point due to Quail Hollow hosting the PGA Championship.
That means just three regular PGA Tour events have been here over the past six years.
But anyway, it's a very long par 71 that puts an emphasis on driving distance and tends to separate the best from the rest. As a designated event, that's even more vital.
Of note, the -21 score in there was when Rory McIlroy beat the rest of the field by seven shots, so a winning score around -10 is much more likely.
Golfers With Great Course/Event History
The best strokes gained averages among golfers who have played at least twice here over the past five years (a "-" indicates a did-not-play situation):
Win Simulations for the Wells Fargo Championship
Here are the most likely winners this week, according to my win simulation model, as well as their golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Win Simulation Analysis and Best Bets for the Wells Fargo Championship
At the top of the board, Rory McIlroy, the betting favorite, is a bit overvalued. Unlike last week when the two heavy favorites were actually values, I'm not seeing it with the overall favorite this week.
That said, there's value on both Patrick Cantlay (+1400) and Tony Finau (+1700) from the model itself. I'm much more interested in Cantlay, as Finau just won last week, but the model isn't subjectively reducing expectations for guys who won last week.
Options down the board that deserve a look for outrights (but also finishing positions) include Tyrrell Hatton (+4800), Sahith Theegala (+5000), Keegan Bradley (+7000), Wyndham Clark (+7500), Taylor Montgomery (+12000), and Patrick Rodgers (+12000).
Daily Fantasy Golfer Picks for the Wells Fargo Championship
All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds. References to my combo model refer to a combination of long-term, field-adjusted form, key stat performance, and hole-by-hole-level strokes gained data.
Best of the Best
Rory McIlroy (FanDuel Salary: $12,100 | Golf betting odds: +750) - The best play of the week, by far, is Rory McIlroy from a process standpoint. McIlroy ranks first in distance and strokes gained: off the tee over the past 50 rounds, and he is 13th in approach play and top-35 in both short-game stats. He's historically played Quail Hollow well, and his salary isn't high enough to write him off.
Cameron Young ($10,900 | +2100) - In a field like this one, we should be looking for any savings we can get while still getting access to an elite golfer. We have that with Young, who is a great course fit given his distance (he's second in the field behind just McIlroy). Overall, he's 4th in ball-striking but a less impressive 60th in combined short game. He hasn't played here before (his T2 at the event last year was at a different course) but has overcome that obstacle often in his young PGA Tour career.
Tyrrell Hatton ($9,900 | +4800) - Again, balanced builds make a lot of sense, and that can point us to Hatton at $9,900. Hatton is above average in distance (41st in the field) but a top-10 ball-striker based on the strokes gained data. We last saw him finish T19 at the RBC Heritage, but he's just a month removed from consecutive top-fives at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and THE PLAYERS.
Wyndham Clark ($9,300 | +7500) - If you want distance, Wyndham Clark is going to be on the short list. Clark is 11th in the field in driving distance, picking up an average of 13.4 yards on the average golfer in the world over the past 50 rounds. Clark was 43rd here in 2021, the most recent iteration of the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow, and he enters this year's event ranked 12th in approach.
Patrick Rodgers ($9,000 | +12000) - Rodgers has a rare blend of distance (36th) and short game (12th in around-the-green and 33rd in putting). Why is he still a value play, then? The irons (75th) lag behind the rest of his game. With that said, he has played Quail Hollow pretty well with a T2 in 2015, a missed cut in 2016, a T34 in 2018, and a T37 in 2021.
Kyoung-Hoon Lee ($8,600 | +18000) - When there's a loaded field and a tough course, it's never a bad thing to find well-rounded golfers. You can spin it the other way and say that one elite trait can carry a golfer when the rest of his game isn't on, but if everything is solid, it's easier to envision a higher floor. Lee is 80th in strokes gained: off the tee but top-50 in the other three strokes gained stats, and even that off-the-tee number is a respectable +0.09 per round. He's also made both cuts here in his career despite bad putting.