Fantasy PGA Preview: Wells Fargo Championship

Well I’m back after a 1 week absence. Sorry about that folks, I had been sick for a few days and by time I got over it I didn’t have anytime to research, let alone write advice. Good thing too as I had one player reach Sunday with four missing the Friday cut and another missing the Saturday cut. Just shows you when you don’t research bad things happen.

Wells Fargo Championship

So the PGA lads have bounced from Georgia to South Carolina to Louisiana and now to North Carolina before heading down to Florida for THE PLAYERS. Speaking of THE PLAYERS, don’t forget both Draftkings and Draftstreet are holding big tournaments for that event.

The Wells Fargo is a nice US Open style tournament that should be a great tune up for what most consider the unofficial 5th major on the PGA Tour.

Last year this event was won by the unlikeliest of players . . . Derek Ernst. He was a Monday qualifier into this event and because he got hot when it counted, he earned a two year player exemption on Tour. Just goes to show how one great week in the PGA can set you up for the next few years. Since that win Ernst has not taken advantage of his starts. With that being said, this whole year has been full of surprise winners, just call most of this season Derek Ernst 2.0.

The Course

The guys are teeing off at the Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte North Carolina. The course itself is 7,562 yards long and is a 72 track. There are 60 bunkers sprawled over the course and water comes into play on 6 holes. The fairways are narrow and the greens are average in size running at 11 on the stimp. Overall it was the 10th toughest course on the PGA Tour last season, a great test for the event next week.

Speaking of last years event, this was the course that had patches of brown on the greens. Though golfers who played said it did not make a difference it sure did look ugly on TV. From what I’ve read they replaced the greens from last season and it should look much better this week.

Golfers

Lee Westwood english $23,426
I think this time of year is always one of Lee Westwood’s favourites. If you look back over the last few years from the Masters to THE PLAYERS he simply enjoys placing in the top 10 at these events. Well he placed 7th at the Masters this year, went over to Asia and won that event. I am expecting a top 5 finish from Westwood this week. Anything less will be a big disappointment.
Jimmy Walker $19,157
If you want a more rounded team then you should think about placing Jimmy Walker as your anchor. And why not? The guy has been magical this season and I don’t see him letting up. If you are new to golf you will notice players have great years, then they can have downright stinkers. Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker would be great examples of players riding the highs. Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel are examples of those riding the lows. 19K for Walker is a great price.
Gary Woodland $17,278
For the season Woodland has been the model of consistency. In this 2014 calendar year his worst stroke play finish was the Humana at 38th. His last 4 events have been on difficult courses (Masters, Arnold Palmer, Valspar and Cadillac) and he has managed to place no worse than 26th over those events. This course plays long and Woodland has the power him his game to shorten this course better than most. 17K is a great price for Woodland.
Jonas Blixt $16,737
Blixt is an interesting player. Just when you think he is out of the picture he pops up out of no where and says I am very very sneaky sir. So lets just look at a very nice trend going this year. 13 players finished in the top 10 this year at the Masters. 3 of those players won their very next event played (Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Lee Westwood). Granted one of those was a senior Tour event and the other was an Asian event. None the less, I like that trend. Look at the other top 10 finishers of the Masters – Spieth (12th Heritage), Fowler (MC Zurich), Senden (29th Zurich) and Stadler (38th Heritage). Only Fowler has missed the cut the next event after his Masters top 10. Thus another reason I like Jimmy Walker as well.
Pat Perez $15,007
Here is to hoping I am not too late to the Perez party. Was on him when he was having that great three week stretch earlier in the season. Cooled down a little over the next three events, but is now playing solid once again. His last two events have been top 25 finishes (11th Texas Open and 18th Heritage). When Pat is hitting his greens in regulation he is usually at the top of the leaderboard. And at his last event he was the 4th best in GIR at the Heritage. 15K for Perez might be a steal this week.

Super Super Sleeper

Bronson La’Cassie $8,149
This is a total gut play. I texted a mate of mine last week and said “My dark horse to make the cut is Bronson La’Cassie”. His reply was “Mine is Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey”. Turns out his was better (kudos Bill) but both were awesome plays last week. I’ve had my eye on Bronson for a few events now. In his last five events he has played four PGA events and one Web.com event. He has made the cut in all five. Last week at the Zurich was his best finish of his career with a 21st. For 8K I would be happy with anything 60th or better, if he can repeat what he did last week then you should be laughing all the way to the bank.

So there you have it folks, my picks for the Zurich.

Its good to be back, enjoy your leagues.

Cheers!

Gibb

About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.

Comments

  • 10Beers

    “I fear you underestimate my sneakiness” Turturo – f’n hilarious in that one. BTW Ernst was an alternate last year…only got in because of the wd’s due to the greens, which went from bent to bermuda and should be much better (different reads however)…Quail is more like a PGA Champ. course, long and fairly tight but still can give up some low scores – it’ll actually host the PGA in 2017. Like the picks – thanks for the info!

  • agendaman

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    nice gibb j.b. holmes needs 8 fed ex pts. to get in the players champ. i expect him to play well also ryan moore and phil mickelson have fine track records at quail hollow

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