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Wells Fargo Championship Betting Preview

Charlotte, North Carolina will host this week’s PGA Tour event, the Wells Fargo Championship. The PLAYERS is now only a week away and several of the world’s best golfers will be looking to find a solid rhythm this week at the gorgeous Quail Hollow Club.

The “Queen City” as it’s called of Charlotte, North Carolina is very green and luscious town right now as most of the city’s trees are currently in full bloom. I was down there a week ago and could feel the heat and humidity picking up very quickly.

The forecast for this week’s event calls for sunny skies with temps upwards of 90 degrees on Friday and Saturday with clouds rolling in over the weekend thus increasing the humidity with a 50/50 chance of rain on Sunday.

Now that my weatherman duties are behind me, let’s get to some really fun odds for you to play with from BETONLINE. Rory McIlroy (-130) leads the way as he is the only golfer who isn’t plus money to finish in the top ten.

We also have matchup odds with longtime rivals Tiger Woods (+100) and Phil Mickelson (-120). I don’t have to tell you guys how fun this one could be.

Recently, right before the Masters last month, Tiger and Phil opened up about their 20+ years competing against one another at the highest level. Woods mentioned that their relationship has matured and that Mickelson helped him in the early stages of his comeback. Phil echoed most of what Tiger had said and mentioned he would like to see Tiger and himself, once again, consistently at the top of the leaderboard on Sundays.

We can’t forget, though, about the guys that are currently performing at their best like #2 ranked golfer in the world Justin Thomas, the “Pastel Putter” Rickie Fowler, and Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Let’s jump right into it with some matchups, odds, and a few picks.

Odds to Win Wells Fargo Championship

Player Odds
Rory McIlroy +700
Justin Thomas +1000
Rickie Fowler +1000
Jason Day +1800
Tiger Woods +2000
Patrick Reed +2000
Phil Mickelson +2200
Paul Casey +2200
Hideki Matsuyama +2200
Kevin Kisner +4000
Brian Harman +5000

Most experts really like Rory here, not only because he is a top 5 guy in the world, but also because he has won at Quail Hollow twice before. There are also several returning tournament champions including last year’s winner Brian Harman (+5000), the 2012 champ Rickie Fowler (+1000), and Tiger Woods (+2000) who won the tournament in 2007.

Most all of the golfers I have listed here are currently striking the ball very well and should be laser-focused this week as nobody wants to come out of their zone right before the PLAYERS Championship.

Spreading your money around 4 ways here is what I would do. I like the value you can get with Rory, Patrick Reed, Tiger, and Brian Harman.

Rory, as I mentioned previously, is a two-time champ in Charlotte and the favorite for good reason.

Patrick Reed has been swinging a hot club since he got green a month ago in Augusta. He paired with Patrick Cantlay at last week’s duo-style Zurich Classic in New Orleans, where they finished the tournament strong, tied for 7th.

My prediction for Tiger Woods performance is that Tiger will be Tiger…That could mean anything, right? Tiger Woods has been the king of polarizing moments on the golf course and off for over 20 years now.

As of late, we have seen and heard a new level of maturity from the all-time great, Woods. He hasn’t tried to rush a return to greatness. He knows it’s there and has been playing it very patient in his comeback, especially this year.

Sooner or later, his game is going to explode and we will see something special from him on the course yet again. Will it be down in Charlotte this week, or at a major later in the year? Time will obviously tell, but I really like him to play well this week.

Matchup Odds to Win the Wells Fargo Championship

Jason Day (-125) vs Patrick Reed(+105)

Here is a great matchup of the proud dad-bod-having green jacket-wearing Patrick Reed of the United States, and the clean-cut Aussie Jason Day. Reed is currently ranked 10th in the world, and Day is close behind at 14th.

On paper, it’s pretty close to a toss-up. Day has been number 1 in the world previously and has more experience than the younger Reed. Jason is playing decent as of late, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough to stop the red-hot rosy-cheeked Patrick Reed. At 27 years of age coming off a win at the Masters and a strong performance last week at the Zurich Classic, Patrick is rolling and I like him in this matchup.

Justin Thomas (-120) vs Rickie Fowler (+100)

Man, do I wish there was a prop bet on if either guy will bring back the “Magnum PI”-staches that truly made them the men they are today!

With or without the glorious facial hair, either golfer has a good chance to win any tournament on the PGA Tour. With world rankings of #2 and #7 respectively, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler are elite competitors and choosing between them solely based on skill level isn’t enough to make a sound pick.

That’s why I have to go with a mustache choice instead. Whoever’s “Magnum PI” mustache you like the most, that’s where you bet the house.

Tiger Woods (-120) vs Phil Mickelson (+100)

If you thought I was saving the best for last with the mustache wars, you are sadly mistaken. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are two of the best golfers of our generation, whatever generation that is. I call it the not young, but not old either generation.

Both guys still have enough power in their drives to keep up with the golfers 10 years younger as well as the finesse, patience, and experience to thrive down the stretch when the pressure rises.

This bet, though, is about who will finish the tournament on Sunday with a lower score. Phil isn’t a stranger to playing gatekeeper for the great Tiger Woods. He did so for a decade or more constantly finishing second or third to Woods in some of the biggest tournaments on the tour.

The odds are close, but I have to go with my gut here. I think the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship will be Tiger’s coming out party. We all know what he is capable of, he just has to do it.

In Conclusion

Charlotte is a beautiful town, and the course at Quail Hollow in the city’s well-to-do South End is no different. While the air may not be as thick as last week’s PGA Tour host city of New Orleans, the humidity and heat will be at a season-high near 90 degrees. Most of the players on the tour likely haven’t been this hot in a while, so it will be interesting to see who handles the conditions well and who is smart enough to wear shorts.

Some of the world’s best will be warming up for the Players Championship. They may be regretting their choice a week from now as the current forecast could push the final round back to Monday. this wouldn’t give them many days to recover before their tee time next Thursday.

Two-time Wells Fargo champion Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win at +700 with players like Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler not far behind at +1000.

For some reason, if you have already forgotten, the matchup bet between Thomas and Fowler will be decided by who has the superior upper lip whiskers.

This is, of course, 100% subjective so I’ll leave the choice up to you.

Tiger and Phil, although not paired up for the first two rounds, will be matched up in some odds from

BETONLINE. Even though both have said their relationship has strengthened over the years, all of that jazz will be promptly thrown out of the window if they end up dueling down the stretch.

It’s sure to be a fun week at the Wells Fargo Championship. One thing is always true at Quail Hollow, the players will be in for a tough test of golf. The player that strikes the ball best and exercises patience, will be the winner.

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