Wells Fargo Championship Preview 2014
Posted at April 30, 2014
We preview the Wells Fargo Championship for 2014 which begins at Quail Hollow on May the 1st and pick out where we think the winner will come from!
Golf is a very trend-led sport, more than some might think. Reading down the previous winners list for the Wells Fargo Championship is like reading a who's who of modern day golf. Toms, Singh, Furyk, Woods, Kim, McIlroy, Glover, Fowler - all big names and big characters who have triumphed at Quail Hollow in the past decade. This trend was scrapped last year though, when the lesser-known Derek Ernst came along and secured his maiden tour win last season. Another trend for 2014 has seen a rise in many more of these lesser known golfers, which we documented earlier in the week, but we firmly believe that Quail Hollow will produce a winner which will buck yet another trend in golf!
Rickie Fowler - Jonas Blixt - Rory McIlroy. This group for the first two days of the Wells Fargo Championship is the most likely to yield the 2014 winner more than any other. A second placed Masters finisher sandwiched by two previous champions; three in-form players who are more than capable of performing on the big stage. Here is the reasons why we think any of these three PGA stars could blow away the rest of the field with a stellar performance at Quail Hollow this week.
Back in 2012, Rickie Fowler secured his first PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow in a three-way play off - a win which many believe to be the start of something great for the colourful Californian. It never quite materialised in the two years since, though, despite persistently catching attention on the course for his Puma Golf attire. This year, Rickie brought in Butch Harmon to work on his swing and glimmers of brilliance and real potential for success has been marred by some abject performances and missed cuts here and there. Rickie excelled at the Masters at Augusta, always hovering at the top of the leaderboard but never really making a case for winning his first major.
Rickie Fowler's monumental Masters effort to prove the armchair critics wrong were undone once again with a missed cut at the Zurich Classic last week. However, the resulting leaderboard would appear to suggest that the tournament in New Orleans was not the greatest of weeks for the bigger names in the field and this is the reason why we feel Rickie is well in with a shout this week at Wells Fargo. He obviously likes the course, sixteenth and sixth place finishes preceeded his win two years ago, so there is every reason to believe Rickie's new approach to the game will come together at Quail Hollow to prove his potential once more.
Jonas Blixt would appear to be peaking at just the right time this season. The first major of the season brought the Swede's best finish and his persistent birdies even put him out in the lead on several occasions, eventually losing out to Bubba Watson, but it was enough to suggest Jonas is well in form to put in a performance at Quail Hollow. A top ten Wells Fargo finish in 2012 bodes well for the Puma Golf star and we can't wait to watch Jonas and Rickie potentially match up with their outfits, like they did at the Barclays last year!
Rory will have every right to feel out of the loop with this group, especially if the two elaborate Puma athletes co-ordinate their outfits, but this will merely be a cameo performance in the Rory McIlroy show. We all know how the media love to focus on the Nike golf star and his relative disappointment at the Masters will simply fuel the desire to do well at Quail Hollow this week. A previous winner in 2010, a T10 finish and as one of the two who lost in the play-off to Rickie Fowler in 2012 proves that Rory loves Quail Hollow as much as any other; whilst current form quite rightly instates Rory McIlroy as the hotly tipped favourite to win the Wells Fargo Championship once again. No finishes outwith the top 25 in seven starts this season but no win - yet.
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