This week on the PGA Tour the Eagle Point Golf course in Wilmington (North Carolina) will host the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time. The usual host Quail Hollow is preparing for the PGA Championship later in the year.
Where: Eagle Point Golf Course, Wilmington, North Carolina
When: Thursday 4th May (9:00pm first tee)
The Wells Fargo Championship has always been played at Quail Hollow in Charlotte however this year they are hosting the PGA Championship. That means Eagle Point in North Carolina will host their first ever PGA Tour event. It also means that we can throw out all the previous year’s results.
The Eagle Point golf course measures at approximately 7400 yards and the Bermuda fairways are lined by large Oaks and Pines. It has an Augusta National feel, probably because the course superintendent worked at Augusta for over 25 years. The greens won’t be as fast as Augusta but they do share the same bent grass.
There’s only two players in the field that are Eagle Point members. Webb Simpson and Carl Pettersson. Simpson grew up playing this course every day and still lives in the area. Another frequent visitor is Bill Haas who was born in North Carolina.
Dustin Johnson is returning to action after the infamous Masters-Fall. Even though he’s a very solid bent grass putter it’s hard to make a case for him at such short odds ($5 to win at Ladbrokes) after such an awkward injury. This feels like a warm-up tournament for Johnson. I’m happy to just watch him this weekend with a look ahead at the Players Championship the following week.
Long and straight drivers of the golf ball will have an advantage this week and Adam Scott ticks both those boxes (rankled 23rd for Total Driving). He has also putted well on bent grass greens in the past. Scott finished 9th at the Masters and his all-round game is looking very sharp. He is long overdue for a win.
The local boy is flying under the radar this season. He is currently ranked 37th in FedEx cup standings. He recently finished 11th at the RBC Heritage and earlier in the year he finished 2nd at the Phoenix Open. The main reason for this pick is his course experience. No one in the field will feel more comfortable then Webb Simpson.
Luke List is currently the 2nd longest on the PGA Tour (312 yards ranked 2nd). He is still searching for his first PGA tour victory and he has come very close this season. He finished 2nd at Sanderson Farm, 3rd at the Houston Open and 7th at the OHL Classic. Currently ranked 24th in FedEx cup standings.
Only picking Pettersson because he is a member at Eagle Point. He did show some decent form at the Valero Texas Open (finished T16th) and he does own the course record at Eagle Point. However, he has struggled this season. Just a small bet on Pettersson at 151-1.
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