Yesterday I mentioned how distance is key here at Quail Hollow Club. Just how important is it though? Well, nine of the last 10 winners have been ranked inside the top 65 in driving distance the year they won here. Also, eight of the last 10 winners were ranked inside the top 40 in going for the green.
Those two stats scream out LONG and AGGRESSIVE. It’s no wonder why many of the past winners here have been youngsters as they generally play without any fear. Often to a fault most weeks, but Quail Hollow is very forgiving in this matter. Bombs away! Save Grandpa Golf for another week.
Players to Watch
Rory McIlroy… Don’t get cute and try to fade World Number One this week. This course is tailor-made, not Taylor Made, for Rory’s game. It doesn’t restrict you off the tee which is what we like to hear for Rory. It may be crazy to use him here in OAD and not save him, but I’ve been burned too many times by saving golfer’s for an ideal spot. I’m firing away this week with McIlroy as my One-and-Done pick. Wish me luck.
Phil Mickelson… I think Lefty actually makes the most sense in OAD, but I’ve already used him unfortunately. That being said, he’s a course horse and a tier-one option in all formats.
Charles Howell III… Has the statistical makeup to do some damage here at Quail Hollow. He is 9-for-12 here including top 20s each of the past two. Not bad.
Kevin Streelman… He’s never a safe play but he does sport 8-of-10 Quail Hollow rounds that are better than the field average. That’s the kind of consistency that makes it to the weekend. It’s just a matter of the putter heating up on what he’ll do with that cut made.
Webb Simpson… The member of Quail Hollow is having one of his best tee-to-green seasons while his putting has failed him. If his T2G game holds up this week, he should be familiar enough with these greens to really do some heavy damage.
Sean O’Hair… Past winner of this event (’09) has been playing well this year. He slapped gamers in the face last week, but look for him to jump right back in this week.
20-20 Club… TPC Sawgrass had no respect for the 20/20 Club last week as Kuch and Walker both slammed their trunks early. This week, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson both make the club. Draft away when it comes to those two!
Justin Thomas… Continues to shine, even on an unfavorable TPC Sawgrass layout last week. His 10 birdies in round three shows just how valuable he can be to fantasy owners. Keeping trotting him out there as a win is sure to come soon.
Hideki Matsuyama… When the course calls for tee-to-green specialists, you have to dial up Matsuyama. He is money off the tee and into greens. It always comes down to the flat stick with him.
John Peterson… Speaking of poor putting, JP is crushing it this year. Just not with the putter. If you want the ideal place to use him this week, take a look at Fantasy Feud.
Patrick Reed… I was in Fade Reed Mode last week and while it didn’t pay huge dividends, it didn’t come back to bite me, either. This week, I’m all aboard as Mr Top 5 has posted rounds of 2+ strokes better than the field average in four of his eight Quail Hollow rounds. His wayward tee shots will play just fine this week.
Adam Scott… Class is permanent and putting is temporary. There is no denying his putting putridity last week. Putridity isn’t even a word, but it should be. He’s still #1 on TOUR in strokes gained:tee-to-green and that will keep him in contention every week.
Wells Fargo Cheatsheet… I’ve released a handy-dandy cheatsheet for this week on DraftKings.
Head over to Daily Fantasy Solutions and grab it for just five bucks. This is includes guys that fit the stat profile, golfers that are in good form, course history, recommended cash game targets and more!
Top 25 for the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship
1. Rory Mcilroy
2. Phil Mickelson
3. Bill Haas
4. Hideki Matsuyama
5. Webb Simpson
6. Patrick Reed
7. Adam Scott
8. Jason Kokrak
9. Justin Thomas
10. Daniel Berger
11. Jim Furyk
12. J.B. Holmes
13. Henrik Stenson
14. Gary Woodland
15. Kyle Reifers
16. Charl Schwartzel
17. Charles Howell III
18. Ryan Moore
19. Brendon de Jonge
20. Brendan Steele
21. Matt Jones
22. George McNeill
23. Ben Martin
24. Shawn Stefani
25. Louis Oosthuizen