Wells Fargo Championship – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina
7,575 yards – Par 72 – Mini-Verde Bermudagrass Greens

Tournament Stimpmeter: 11 ft. listed (12.25 in 2015) … Average to above-average green speeds
Green Sizes: 6,500 sq. feet .. Average Green Sizes
Strength of Field Rating: ~400 … Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): 50% … Hardest Fairways To Hit on TOUR
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): 64% … Average GIR Percentage
Driving Distance (Field Average): 287 yards … Driver-Heavy Course

Tournament Angles

#1 Long Courses
#2 Driver-Heavy Courses
#3 Par 72 Courses
#4 Bermuda Greens
#5 Strong Field Events
#6 Hard Fairway Courses

Previous Winners

2015: Rory McIlroy -21 over Patrick Rodgers -14
2014: J.B. Holmes -14 over Jim Furyk -13
2013: Derek Ernst -8 over David Lynn in a playoff
2012: Rickie Fowler over Rory McIlroy, D.A. Points in a playoff
2011: Lucas Glover -15 over Jonathan Byrd in a playoff
2010: Rory McIlroy -15 over Phil Mickelson -11

54-Hole Leaders

2015: Rory McIlroy -18
2014: J.B. Holmes -13
2013: Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney -8
2012: Webb Simpson -14
2011: Jonathan Byrd -15
2010: Billy Mayfair -9

36-Hole Leaders

2015: Webb Simpson, Robert Streb -10
2014: Martin Flores, Angel Cabrera -9
2013: Phil Mickelson -9
2012: Nick Watney -12
2011: Pat Perez -12
2010: Billy Mayfair -8

Course Horses

Rory McIlroy… 1st-8th-10th-2nd-113th-1st
Phil Mickelson… 4th-11th-3rd-26th-9th-2nd
Webb Simpson… 2nd-38th-32nd-4th-21st-91st
Rickie Fowler… 38th-73rd-1st-16th-6th
Ryan Moore… 47th-18th-6th-5th-33th-78th
Jim Furyk… 120th-2nd-26th-24th-7th
Geoff Ogilvy… 7th-14th-38th-21st-38th

Important Interview Quotes

JOHN BUSH: Here at the Wells Fargo Championship this will be your fourth start, a T-6 here last year. Get some comments on this golf course and how it sets up for your game.
KEVIN KISNER:
I feel at home here. Both my parents grew up in Charlotte. Spent a lot of time in this area of my life. My brother-in-law is a member here. Played the golf course a bunch. Love the golf course, sets up perfect for my game.
Played well last year. Got into the mix. Played in the last group on Saturday and second to the last group on Sunday. Very familiar with the golf course and looking forward to getting going tomorrow. -2015

Q. Finally, since you played the golf course so much is your caddy, Paul Tesori, helping you with strategy?
WEBB SIMPSON:
He’s won here. It’s my home course but he’s won here. If I tell him leave me alone he’s always bringing that win up with Sean O’Hair. We have a good mix this week. -2015

Q. What is it about this golf course that you like so much?
MARTIN FLORES:
Just certain holes really fit my eye. As I was telling my caddy, just reminds me a lot of Royal Oaks but just much bigger version of Royal Oaks. Tree-lined. When I just step on the tee I feel very, very comfortable out here. -2015

Q. Pretty impressive 61 today to break your own record here at Wells Fargo Championship.
Kind of talk about the round today and your thoughts about the round and we’ll have some questions.
RORY MCILROY:
Yeah. Obviously really happy with how I played today. You know, I said yesterday I needed to be a little, little better with my iron play and I feel like I was. Gave myself plenty of looks for birdies and, you know, I just feel like it’s one of these courses that I can get on a roll on.
I feel like the flow of the golf course with some of the short par-4s and the par-5s you can really get some momentum going. So, you know, got it going again today and really nice to break my own course record here. -2015

Q. What was your attitude today?
RUSSELL KNOX:
Just let it rip, go for it. This is the type of course you can’t guide it around. You got to start on the tee and hit good, hard swings. I don’t hit it so far. I got to give it a lash or giving up too much distance. It’s a great course for me for that, I can really swing at it. -2015

Q. Stewart, you’ve always played well on this course. What is it about Quail Hollow that really I guess either fits your eye or whatever you seem to like about it?
STEWART CINK:
I think what it is about this course, this course fits my style of thinking well. I think there’s places out there on this course that are definite caution lights and I’ve always been pretty good at recognizing those and knowing myself and when to steer away from the hole, and there’s also places where you need to be aggressive and you can certainly be aggressive, holes like 14 and 8 and the par-5s.
It’s a good mix of that kind of golf and that mix just fits my style really well and I feel comfortable playing that kind golf. -2015

Q. Really played some great golf around this course for the first two days. First time here as a professional.
PATRICK RODGERS:
Yeah, thanks. It was great. Lots of fun to be out there and this golf course just sets up really well for me. Lot of holes turn right to left and I can hit a big high draw. Kind of my go to shot. I’m able to really put myself in good position off the tee and it’s yielded some good scores. -2015

Q. What is it about this golf course you like?
WILL MACKENZIE:
North Carolina turf and just the vibe of being in North Carolina. Obviously love the golf course, the layout. Beautiful, big tree, old school. One of the best golf courses we play on Tour.
Challenging green complexes. You get above the hole, it’s very fast. Get pin high and got some sweeping putts. If you’re putting well, you should do pretty well around here. -2015

Q. Webb, do you think local knowledge helps you at all now or guys can learn the course?
WEBB SIMPSON:
I think it helps a little bit. Just knowing, you know, where to miss it for the pins we’re playing, I think that helps. I think knowing when tendencies — the wind on 7 and the wind on all the holes around the back always swirls. I think that helps, those little kind of the little things but, yeah, like I said, the best player is going to win this week no matter how many times somebody has played it. But I definitely feel a little sense of comfort knowing I’ve been here so much. -2015

Q. Phil, you’ve always played well here. You’re the leading money winner at this tournament yet you’ve never won the trophy. How important would it be to win?
PHIL MICKELSON:
It’s a course, again, that I feel like I should play well on. The irony of the situation, I’ve actually won at Sawgrass last year — last week’s event which is just unbelievable.
I haven’t won here where I really have — it’s such a perfectly suited golf course for me that here at Quail Hollow that that’s kind of the irony of the situation. I’m looking to try to fix that. I think that it’s going to be a good week. I do feel like I’m playing well enough to score low. -2015

JOHN BUSH: Back at Quail Hollow for the third time. Comment on this course and how it suits your game.
BEN MARTIN:
This is pretty much and even though I live in Greenville, South Carolina we’re not in South Carolina but this is the closest event to Greenville, an hour and a half down the road. It’s pretty much my home game on the PGA TOUR and played the event twice. -2015

Q. What about this place? You seem to be mixed almost every year you’re here.
PHIL MICKELSON:
Well, I really enjoy the golf course, I’ve always loved it, tee-to-green. I just think it’s one of the best I’ve seen, and it requires such great shot-making in all different directions off the tee, as well as onto the greens. The greens now are just stupendous. They match up perfectly with the beauty and the simplicity of the design, and I believe it’s one of the best golf courses I’ve played.
I’m excited to have a Major Championship coming here and I’m excited about playing, with the extension of the PGA TOUR event here at Quail Hollow, playing for many years here. -2014

Q. (No microphone.)
PHIL MICKELSON:
It’s one of the best tee-to-green golf courses in the world, and what Tom Fazio has done is just perfect, just perfect, and he has enhanced them.
When the PGA comes here in a couple of years and you’ve got these greens firm and quick, the subtleties and the nuances will be brought out and it will be even better. He did such a great job. This has become one of my favorite courses anywhere in the world and I think one of the best courses anywhere in the world. -2014

Q. In your five appearances prior to this year you have just one top-5 finish here at the Wells Fargo Championship, which may be surprising considering that you are a member here at Quail Hollow. How do you manage your emotions and your mentality for the week?
WEBB SIMPSON:
It’s tough. My first couple of years I missed the cut, that was actually before I was a member. That’s my excuse! (Chuckles.) I’ve learned to use all the energy from all the people here supporting me in a good way. And it makes it more of fun when you play well, so I relax in a sense because I know it so well. I know the golf course and I know the breaks, and it’s relaxing knowing I don’t have to play that hard. -2014

Q. Is this a good time to be on your home course?
WEBB SIMPSON:
I think it is. There is a comfort here, familiarity here that before I even teed it up I think helps me. I know different wind directions, pin placements. I think it hurt me the first couple years here. I put too much pressure on myself, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year. It’s more just I know that, hey, you know this golf course as good as anybody. So use that to your advantage. -2014

Q. Rory, being a past champion here and you’ve won on this golf course with the Bentgrass greens, now the Bermuda. You had a chance to play them today. How are they? They have only been in since fall of last year.
RORY McILROY:
They’re obviously new greens but the surfaces are really good. I think the characteristics of most of the greens are the same but some of the slopes aren’t as severe as they used to be and I think that’s a good thing. They’re obviously still gradual slopes and they feed off the greens but some of the slopes on greens aren’t as severe, which is a good thing. -2014

Q. How do you like this course?
ANGEL CABRERA: Honestly it’s a course that let’s me hit driver a lot and for that reason it probably fits my game well, and that’s probably why I play well here. -2014

THE MODERATOR: We will go ahead and get started. Like to welcome Martin Flores, another solid round at the Wells Fargo Championship. Talk about what’s been going well for you in the first two rounds and we’ll take some questions.
MARTIN FLORES:
First of all, mentally I’ve been patient and comfortable on this golf course. It just seems to fit my eye. I don’t know what it is but consequently I’ve driven the ball pretty well and it’s given me a lot of short irons on the greens that have been firm in some areas, also “holed” some putts, so it’s been pretty good. -2014

Q. What are your thoughts on this golf course as it pertains to this game and is it a place you like to come to?
JUSTIN ROSE:
I think it’s a championship golf course and you have to move the ball both ways off the tee, which I think suits my tee, and it’s a good-iron play golf course, which typically suits my game, hasn’t been sharp this year but it’s coming around, and the greens are putting well, so I feel like I’m reading them well right now. Every hole pretty much suits my eye, and I know how to play this golf course and get round it, and I’ve done well here in the past. I have played some good rounds and I seem to be comfortable. -2014

Q. You grew up close to here. Did you ever play over here? How often did you come over here and play?
HAROLD VARNER III:
I didn’t come over here until I was a senior in high school. A guy named Bill Williamson, pretty good friends with, he’s a member here and he brought me out. The fairways were aerified when I played, so number 9 I was hitting driver and driver. It’s a little different. I played a few times the last three weeks, and obviously, it’s in great shape. -2014

Q. How much have you thought about this since you got the exemption?
HAROLD VARNER III:
Every day. Yeah, I mean, I get to play literally 30 minutes from my house, and that’s a blessing because I get to sleep in my bed. But you dream of stuff like this. To be here, I just need to focus. I’m not good at that, so I need to do that. -2014

Q. Did you come to this when you were younger and watching? How many of these events did you come to when you started playing?
HAROLD VARNER III:
I think I’ve come every year since the ninth grade, maybe. So that’s like, holy cow, man. I’m getting old. Eight years, wow. It’s good. -2014

Tournament Notes

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