2016 Wells Fargo Championship Betting Preview

The Wells Fargo Championship takes centre stage on the PGA Tour from Thursday and Rory McIlroy can justify favouritism at Quail Hollow Golf Club. The Northern Irishman seems to love this venue as he is the only player to have won twice here previously and his length off the tee ensures he is able to master what is a monster 7,562 yard track...

  • Rory McIlroy's results at the Wells Fargo read: 1-MC-2-10-8-1
  • Phil Mickelson's twelve appearances at Quail Hollow have seen him go: 5-7-35-3-12-5-2-9-26-3-11-4
  • Rickie Fowler won the Wells Fargo in 2012

5th May - 8th May Odds Won/Lost Bet

Wells Fargo Championship
Rory McIlroy to win  
Best Bet
@ 5 / 1  
Phil Mickelson (each way) @ 28 / 1 P
Kevin Streelman (each way) @ 100 / 1  

Mac Is Back

Driving distance has proven to be so important here over the years and the famous 'Green Mile' over the last three holes provides a wonderful finale to each of the four rounds. It is a layout that McIlroy will be familiar with as he has missed just one cut in six appearances at this venue, racking up five top-ten finishes in the process (1-MC-2-10-8-1). He claimed the first of his titles here in 2010 before returning to secure the crown twelve months ago and the defending champion is hard to oppose as a 5/1 favourite (Betfred).

Many people are happy to criticise McIlroy's recent form but he has racked up four top-tens in seven stroke-play starts since winning the Dubai World Tour Championship at the back end of 2015, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the WGC Dell Match Play, and we fancy him to thrive following a few weeks off since his tie for 10th at The Masters.

The Best Of The Rest

The in-form Dustin Johnson is a 16/1 second-favourite (Paddy Power) following his top-four efforts at Texas and Augusta, although he has failed to make the weekend in two of his three appearances at Quail Hollow.

Rickie Fowler's course form is more impressive as he beat McIlroy in a play-off to claim the title in 2012 but the 18/1 on offer is a little skinny for us, particularly after we backed Rickie at the Masters.

Justin Rose (25/1) did tie for 4th here in 2014 but he heads to North Carolina off the back of a missed cut in New Orleans, while Adam Scott (22/1) hasn't made the Saturday in any of his past three appearances in this tournament.

Plenty 'Lefty' In The Tank

We are going to side with course form for our selections this week, which brings us to Phil Mickelson, who has an excellent record at Quail Hollow without ever actually winning the title. 'Lefty' may have missed the cut at Texas and Augusta but he had racked up five top-fifteen finishes in seven stroke-play starts prior to that and we fancy him to bounce back to form following a short break.

This could be the perfect venue for him to get back into the swing of things as his form from twelve successive appearances at the Wells Fargo reads: 5-7-35-3-12-5-2-9-26-3-11-4. Mickelson is a 28/1 chance with Betfred.com, who are paying 1/4 the odds on six places.

Man Of Streel

Finally, Kevin Streelman is massively overpriced at 100/1 (Betfred) and he looks like the pick of the each-way tips here. Streelman, who went to college in North Carolina, has secured three successive top-fifteen finishes at Quail Hollow (6-14-9) and he is capable of building on some solid recent form. Let's not forget he tied 3rd at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year and he certainly didn't disgrace himself when tying 34th at the Masters and 37th in Texas, with a return to North Carolina likely to be much more to his liking.

2016 Wells Fargo Championship Odds