Rory McIlroy Favored To Defend Title

2022 Wells Fargo Championship Odds

Odds via BetMGM.

Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +750
Corey Conners +2000
Matt Fitzpatrick +2200
Tony Finau +2200
Abraham Ancer +3000
Russell Henley +3300
Tyrrell Hatton +3300
Gary Woodland +3500
Keegan Bradley +3500
Paul Casey +3500
Cameron Young +4000
Marc Leishman +4000
Max Homa +4000
Patrick Reed +4000
Seamus Power +4000
Sergio Garcia +4000
Webb Simpson +4000
Keith Mitchell +5000
Lanto Griffin +5000
Matt Kuchar +5000
Si Woo Kim +5000
Jhonattan Vegas +5000
Sepp Straka +5000
Aaron Rai +6600
Adam Long +6600
Alex Smalley +6600
Anirban Lahiri +6600
Brandon Wu +6600
Brian Harman +6600
Doug Ghim +6600
Jason Day +6600
Joel Dahmen +6600
Matthew NeSmith +6600
Nate Lashley +6600
Troy Merritt +6600
CT Pan +8000
Cam Davis +8000
David Lipsky +8000
Kevin Streelman +8000
Russell Knox +8000
Matt Jones +8000
Branden Grace +10000
Brendan Steele +10000
Denny McCarthy +10000
Dylan Frittelli +10000
Kurt Kitayama +10000
Luke List +10000
Mark Hubbard +10000
Martin Laird +10000
Stephan Jaeger +10000
Brian Stuard +12500
Chad Ramey +12500
Chez Reavie +12500
Francesco Molinari +12500
Greyson Sigg +12500
JT Poston +12500
Lucas Glover +12500
Rickie Fowler +12500
Scott Piercy +12500
Taylor Moore +12500
Trey Mullinax +12500
Tyler Duncan +12500
Andrew Novak +15000
Beau Hossler +15000
Brice Garnett +15000
Doc Redman +15000
Hank Lebioda +15000
John Huh +15000
KH Lee +15000
Kevin Chappell +15000
Matthias Schwab +15000
Peter Malnati +15000
Ryan Armor +15000
Satoshi Kodaira +15000
Sung Kang +15000
Vince Whaley +15000
Zach Johnson +15000
Adam Svensson +15000
Kramer Hickok +15000
Mackenzie Hughes +15000
Matthew Wolff +15000
Wesley Bryan +15000
Andrew Putnam +20000
Austin Smotherman +20000
Charl Schwartzel +20000
Danny Lee +20000
Lee Hodges +20000
Michael Thompson +20000
Nick Taylor +20000
Rory Sabbatini +20000
Stewart Cink +20000
Hayden Buckley +20000
Jonathan Byrd +20000
Sam Ryder +20000
Adam Schenk +25000
Ben Kohles +25000
Ben Martin +25000
Callum Tarren +25000
Cameron Percy +25000
Charley Hoffman +25000
Chase Seiffert +25000
Chesson Hadley +25000
Dylan Wu +25000
Harry Higgs +25000
James Hahn +25000
Joseph Bramlett +25000
Justin Lower +25000
Matt Wallace +25000
Peter Uihlein +25000
Ryan Blaum +25000
Scott Gutschewski +25000
Bill Haas +30000
Brandon Hagy +30000
Brandon Matthews +30000
Jared Wolfe +30000
Kelly Kraft +30000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat +30000
Luke Donald +30000
Martin Trainer +30000
Michael Gligic +30000
Roger Sloan +30000
Vaughn Taylor +35000
Bryson Never +35000
Camilo Villegas +35000
Curtis Thompson +35000
Kevin Tway +35000
Nick Watney +35000
Paul Barjon +35000
Richy Werenski +35000
Bo Hoag +40000
David Skinns +40000
Jacob Bridgeman +40000
Jim Herman +40000
Seth Reeves +40000
Seung-Yul Noh +40000
Austin Cook +50000
Brett Drewitt +50000
E. Chacarra +50000
Joshua Creel +50000
Max McGreevy +50000
Morgan Hoffmann +50000
William McGirt +50000
Bo Van Pelt +75000
Dawie van der Walt +75000
Johnson Wagner +75000
Gregory Odom Jr. +100000
Jim Knous +100000
Jonas Blixt +100000
L. Gross +100000

The buildup for the PGA Championship truly begins this week with the Wells Fargo Championship.

This year, the Wells Fargo gets a new venue, as it moves from Quail Hollow in Charlotte up north to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland. Fans might remember TPC Potomac as the host of the now defunct Quicken Loans National from 2017-18.

Last year in Charlotte, McIlroy ended an 18-month draft (for him) with his one-stroke win over Abraham Ancer. The last time we saw the Northern Irishman was at the Masters, where he used a final-round 64 to finish second behind Scottie Scheffler. McIlroy has made seven starts in the 2021-22 FedEx Cup season, with one win (CJ CUP) and five top-10 finishes under his belt.

Also in the field are the likes of Abraham Ancer and Tony Finau, who have made the trip up from the Mexico Open. McIlroy has a few Ryder Cup teammates playing this week in Matt Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton.

While Ancer finished T42 in Mexico, Finau finished with a flourishing 63 in the final round to finish one stroke behind winner Jon Rahm. After a rough start to 2022 that saw him miss three out of four cuts at one point, Finau has finished in the top 35 in three straight and is showing flashes of potential moving forward.

Corey Conners is near the top of the board and will no doubt be a popular pick this week. The Canadian has been in stellar form since the start of March, finishing in the top 35 in all six of his starts in that span. His last two results were a T6 at the Masters and a T12 at the RBC Heritage, which also features a course that rewards ball-strikers like Conners.

The purse this week in Potomac is $ 9 million, which is the most in a PGA TOUR event (that means not including the Masters) since the WGC-Dell Match Play.

Past Winners

We’ll have to look at two events for this section.

Francesco Molinari won the last Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac back in 2018, dominating the event at 21-under for an eight-stroke win. The year before saw Kyle Stanley beat Charles Howell III in a playoff after the pair finished at 7-under.

At the Wells Fargo, some recognizable names have won at Quail Hollow.

This tournament was canceled in 2020 due to COVID. The two previous years saw Max Homa (’19) and Jason Day (’18) come out victorious. Rickie Fowler and James Hahn, both of whom are in the field this week, also won at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy has the best history at this tournament, though. He has three wins at Quail Hollow, back when it was the Quail Hollow Championship in 2010 and then two at the Wells Fargo (’15 and ’21).

Course Breakdown

This year’s Wells Fargo Championship has been moved a little north from Charlotte to Maryland at TPC Potomoc. The change in venue is because Quail Hollow has a big assignment later this fall: the Presidents Cup.

Whoever wins this week is going to have had a good one with the irons.

TPC Potomac is a par 70 that will play right around 7,100 yards. There are only two par 5s on the course – Nos. 2 and 10 – and a potentially drivable par 4 at No. 14.

Strokes Gained: Approach, as it is most weeks, will be hugely important this week. Last week, driving distance was important with the wide-open fairways at the Mexico Open. This week, more precision will be required.

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