After the delights of the team play golf at the Zurich Classic last weekend, the PGA Tour returns to individual stroke play Thursday with the Wells Fargo Championship.
This event is usually played at the Quail Hollow course, but this is undergoing renovations ahead of hosting the PGA Championship in August. So in steps the Eagle Point course in Wilmington, North Carolina.
This course has yet to host a competitive tournament, so will be new to most of the field. It’s certainly new to us at Lap of the Odds. In fact when we hear Wilmington, North Carolina, we immediately think of Dawson’s Creek, the 90s American teen drama, which was filmed in the area!
There’s drama at the head of the market as world no. 1 Dustin Johnson makes his comeback from eve-of-Masters injury. He comes from nearby, played college golf just down the coast, is likely to know the prevailing conditions, had won his previous three tournaments, and at 5/1 is roughly the same price as he was to win the Masters. Worth considering.
However, we are going to go down the each way path, with money on Bill Haas and Patrick Reed.
Haas comes from the region–born in North Carolina and lives in South–and knows the course well. He also putts well on bentgrass greens, hence his consistent record at the Masters.
Reed may be more of a punt as he hasn’t played well this season. But there were signs of progress last weekend during the team format, and we hope this now carries over. In addition, the pugnacious Pacey-lookalike has the low ball flight to cope with the potentially windy conditions.
All together now Dawson fans, “I don’t want to wait…”
Recommendation: Haas each way at 33/1, and Reed each way at 40/1, Ladbrokes and Corals
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