- Quail Hollow is consistently one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour
- Max Homa is the defending champion from 2019
- Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are the co-favorites
- Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele are also contenders
The PGA Championship is in a couple weeks, and the best players in the world have certainly had some tough courses on their plate. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Florida gave players all they could handle at the Valspar Championship. Next, the PGA Tour heads to Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, which means it’s time for the Wells Fargo Championship odds.
Quail Hollow is a par-71 that stretches out to 7,521 yards. Like Copperhead has the “Snake Pit” as their closing holes, Quail Hollow has “The Green Mile”, which is a par-3 sandwiched in between a pair of par-4s. This course also hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, and it will host the Presidents Cup in 2022. Like many other events in 2020, this tournament was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As always, to watch this event, you can tune into The Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 2:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET. The action moves to CBS on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM ET until the end of the round.
All odds courtesy of Bovada.
Wells Fargo Championship Odds – Favorites
Jon Rahm (+1100)
Rahm has been off since the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he and Ryan Palmer finished seventh as the defending champions. Prior to that, he finished T-5 at the Masters. Rahm finished T-58 here at the PGA Championship in 2017, his first time seeing Quail Hollow. He is a much, much better player now as Rahm ranks third in the world rankings.
Justin Thomas (+1100)
Thomas is one spot ahead of Rahm in the rankings at #2, finishing T-13 at the Valspar Championship. He also won the PGA Championship here in 2017, and then was T-21 here in this event in 2018, so Thomas has had some success on this tough course. Thomas is also one spot ahead of Rahm in SG: Tee to Green, ranking third, but he is a substantially better putter (92nd in SG: Putting to 119th for Rahm).
Bryson DeChambeau (+1400)
DeChambeau leads the Tour in SG: Tee to Green, powered largely by his #1 ranking in SG: Off The Tee. He finished solo fourth here in 2018, but now DeChambeau is the #5 player in the world and with that, comes lofty expectations. He has been off since the Masters, so DeChambeau is certainly well-rested.
Wells Fargo Championship Odds – Contenders
Rory McIlroy (+1800)
McIlroy exploded into the spotlight at Quail Hollow in 2010, shooting a final-round 62 to win this event. He then won by a record seven strokes in 2015 and finished T-22 at the 2017 PGA Championship. He is a much different player now, ranking 15th in the world, but McIlroy has such high expectations, he is what you would consider, “slumping”. Still, his track record here makes McIlroy a threat. He needs to putt better, though (108th in SG: Putting).
Xander Schauffele (+1800)
Schauffele is, if nothing else, consistent. Since the Tour Championship last year, when he had the lowest par-72 score, Schauffele has made 14 starts, finishing outside of the top 20 twice with seven top-5s. His stats are great, ranking 41st or better in all Shots Gained categories. However, Schauffele, the fourth-ranked player in the world, just needs to put it all together.
Viktor Hovland (+2000)
Hovland has moved to 11th in the world rankings after a T-3 at the Valspar Championship. He is great off the tee and his irons are fantastic, but Hovland struggles with the short game, ranking 91st in SG: Around The Green and 78th in SG: Putting. If his flatstick is working, Hovland is a threat, but it sometimes goes cold, especially on Sundays (91st in fourth-round putting).
Wells Fargo Championship Odds – Longshots
Max Homa (+3300)
Homa is the defending champion and is coming off a T-6 at Copperhead. He can go low, as a second-round 63 powered Homa to victory here in 2019. Homa has been very good this season, winning the Genesis Invitational and posting six starts of T-22 or better. He missed the cut at Augusta National and The Players Championship (which was won by Thomas), two very tricky (and different courses).
Abraham Ancer (+4000)
Ancer missed the cut here in 2018, but he comes into this event playing steady golf. He has finished between T-26 and solo fifth in each of his last seven starts, and that solo fifth came at Copperhead. Ancer is second on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, but he struggles with the short game (107th in SG: Around The Green and 64th in SG: Putting).
Keegan Bradley (+6600)
Bradley has moved into the top 75 after finishing second to Sam Burns at the Valspar Championship. That was his fifth straight finish in the top 30, but he heads to a place where he missed the cut in 2019, and made the cut, but didn’t finish in 2018. He finished T-33 at the PGA Championship in 2017. Bradley is 40th in SG: Off The Tee, seventh in SG: Approach The Green and 31st in SG: Around The Green. However, he is 181st in SG: Putting and that cost him the win at Copperhead.