Though he finished "only" 22nd at last year's PGA Championship, he owns the course and tournament records, and he's the all-time tournament earnings leader with a pair of wins and six Top-10's. First, overall he has the highest ceiling of anyone in the world.
John Peterson started his rookie season on the PGA Tour about the time Tiger Woods started to experience back problems. He also tied for 10th in 2013 at Quail Hollow. The $500 discount from McIlroy doesn't hurt either. At +900 odds, Thomas will be a popular sports betting pick this week. Starting pitchers are often the most expensive and projected to earn the most points on any given day, making it the most important lineup decision for daily fantasy players. That's a significant difference, and worth spending up for.
He goes in as 8/1 favourite this week and it is hard to look past him as the likeliest victor given his love affair with the venue.
Other Plays: Webb Simpson ($8,400), Alex Noren ($8,100), and Bryson DeChambeau ($8,000).
Of the rest Ryan Ruffles will be hoping to make the most of a sponsor's exemption into the field after playing less than his best in the team environment last week.
In his first full season on Tour, Mitchell has found a rhythm as of late with back-to-back top six finishes at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and the Houston Open in February and March. In solo events, Rory has made his last ten cuts - his most consistent run in a decade - registering three top-20s along the way including fifth at the Valspar. That includes four top-10 finishes and a win in The Honda Classic. "I feel like I've played my way into the rhythm of it". He ranks 14th in strokes gained: off the tee and second in par-5 scoring in 2018, two key areas that will lead to success at Quail Hollow. An struggles with his putter, and the major championship conditions are put out there to exploit weaknesses like that, yet he was still able to put together a very respectable week. You also want good ball strikers who are proficient from outside 200 yards. And which long shots stun the golfing world? "I meant like I sort of was trying to say like if you look at where the US Open and The Open were compared to the Masters 50 years ago, they were bigger golf tournaments", he said.
Woods is playing in his first Wells Fargo Championship since 2012 and coming off a rather sub-par performance at The Masters a few weeks ago. There's a good chance of this being the week.
The 25-year-old has some decent form heading into the Wells Fargo, having finished tied 17th at the Masters in April.
The Players Championship is the following week. He's certainly leading the conversation for most improved player this year. Although he was no doubt disappointed in the 5th place finish at Augusta, his supernova Saturday showed that McIlroy is still capable of blitzing the field, even against the toughest competition.
McIlroy said it took him about a week to start getting over it. Everyone has an off-week, and Quail Hollow should be a great setup for him.