Here's a large portion of last year's entry:
The Wells Fargo Championship is a tournament that is relatively new on TOUR, but has gained a reputation as a favorite among the top players in the world. When you look at the past winners and runner ups, you can see why. It produces major-championship caliber champions.
The Quail Hollow Club staged the first edition of this event in 2003, and here are the winners / runners up:
- 2003 - David Toms (winner), Vijay Singh, Robert Gamez and Brent Geiberger (runners up)\
- 2004 - Joey Sindelar (winner), Arron Oberholser (runner up)
- 2005 - Vijay Singh (winner), Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia (runners up)
- 2006 - Jim Furyk (winner), Trevor Immelman (runner up)
- 2007 - Tiger Woods (winner), Steve Stricker (runner up)
- 2008- Anthony Kim (winner), Ben Curtis (runner up)
- 2009 - Sean O'Hair (winner), Lucas Glover and Bubba Watson (runners up)
- 2010 - Rory McIlroy (winner), Phil Mickelson (runner up)
- 2011 - Lucas Glover (winner - playoff), Jonathan Byrd (runner up)
Knowing this, when you are looking at your fantasy options headed into the week, ask yourself these questions.
- Has this guy won a U.S. Open or a Masters?
- Could I see this guy winning a U.S. Open or a Masters?
So what's different about this year?
There are reports out there that Quail Hollow had to replace two greens within the last week. The par-4 eighth and the par-5 10th are what I'm hearing. If the greens are inconsistent, that may actually hurt the better putters and favor the ball strikers.
Another thing about Quail Hollow, the fairways are tough to hit and many of the holes require a good bit of length. Knowing that, it's not a surprise to see Rory McIlroy regularly in the mix here. He lost in a playoff (along with D.A. Points) to Rickie Fowler last season. Long and accurate tee shots allow a player to be aggressive.
The elephant in the room this week will be McIlroy. Given his win in 2010 and playoff loss last year, this is the perfect spot for him to pick up his first victory of 2013. I would be more comfortable with him if he had played the week before, but he really never has for this tournament.
We will take a hard look at the field and come back with power rankings tomorrow. Best of luck with your research!