The Wells Fargo Championship is next on the PGA Tour
Eagle Point Golf Club is set to host the next stop on the PGA Tour
As we head into the 29th tournament of the wrap around season, the PGA Tour heads to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Wells Fargo Championship is taking a detour from its normal venue at Quail Hollow Club. Quail Hollow is hosting the PGA Championship this year in August, so they had to play a different course for the tournament this year. It’s still an excellent course and challenge for the world’s best golfers and was rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 golf courses in the country.
It’s a Tom Fazio design, as is Quail Hollow, so there are a lot of similarities to the layout. It’s a long course just like Quail Hollow measuring out a lengthy 7,396 yards from the tips and it plays to a par 72. Although long, three of the four par 5’s are reachable in two for the longer hitters. You can’t rule out windy conditions throughout this PGA Tour stop because it’s sits so close to the Atlantic Ocean. 15-20 mph winds are the norm there on most days. I really like the big hitters off the tee this week and guys showing good form recently.
PGA Tour Golfers I Like at Eagle Point
Phil Mickelson $10,200
Mickelson is seeking his first win on the PGA Tour since 2013. He has 9 top 10’s in 13 starts in the event. Although it’s not being played at Quail Hollow like in years past, this course is similar as I said before. Phil is putting better than he has in years, which is surprising to me because I never thought he’d be one that would go to the claw grip, but it’s obviously paying huge dividends. He’s 3rd in putting average on the year at 1.70, which is extremely impressive. He’s also averaging a birdie or better 25% of the time at this event in his career. I wish I could average a birdie or better a mere 5% of the time. I’m just happy each time I enter the bird sanctuary.
Adam Scott $10,000
Scott is looking for his first win of the season and is coming off a top 10 in the Masters. His form looked great at Augusta National Golf Club and I think he carries that form and good vibes over to Eagle Point Golf Club. He’s do for a win. The biggest hole in his game and pretty much only hole is his putting. If his putter just cooperates a little bit, this could be his week to get back in the winner’s circle.
Dustin Johnson $13,000
Johnson makes his much anticipated return to the PGA Tour since being sidelined at the Masters due to his freak back injury, where he slipped on some stairs at the house he was staying at in Augusta. With his win at The Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club earlier this year, he entered some elite company. He became 1 of only 4 golfers in the history of the sport to win at least 1 time in their first 10 seasons on tour. That short, impressive list is what you might expect. 3 golfers you might have heard of before. Arnold Palmer in 1955-1964, Jack Nicklaus in 1962-1971 and Tiger Woods in 1996-2005. I would say that’s some elite company to say the least. After his win at The World Golf Championship in Mexico just a couple months ago, he also became the only player in the world to have won all 4 current WGC events. I think it’s safe to say he’s the #1 ranked player in the world right now for many reasons.
He leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, as well as greens in regulation. With his absurd length off the tee and his 75.25% GIR, which is a whopping 9% better than the tour average, it’s no wonder he’s so tough to beat right now. He’s the reigning player of the year and I think he’s the front runner for that award again this year. I think he’s played it safe with his back injury by not rushing back, pardon the pun, too quickly. I think he’s hungry to get back into the winner’s circle and he’s probably grown tired of being around Paulina so much the past month. I’m obviously kidding. If they need a babysitter for little Tatum or someone to clean their house and cook for them, I’d be Johnny on the spot.
Carl Petterson $6,200
The Sweden born Petterson is somewhat of a sleeper this week and at that price I think he’s a bargain and someone you can plug into your lineup for value to offset the higher priced players that I’ve mentioned above. He’s actually in pretty good form for the first time in awhile coming off a solo 16th place finish at the Valero Texas Open. He’s a member of Eagle Point Golf Club, so he knows this track like the back of his hand and like I know nachos. Never saw any nachos I didn’t like or sunk my teeth into.
Jon Rahm $11,000
Rahm is also someone I’m really looking at this week. His last name is pronounced ‘Ram’, the h in it is silent; yet literally every announcer still pronounces it wrong, which annoys me every time I hear them say it on television. (*Note to broadcasters. It’s your job to learn correct pronunciations of player’s names. Do some research. It’s part of your job.) This course is a lengthy track as I mentioned earlier, so the longer hitters off the tee will have a significant advantage and Rahm isn’t lacking whatsoever in that department. Even with that abbreviated backswing, the young stud can move it. He’s currently 3rd on the PGA Tour in strokes gained driving at +2.30. He enters this PGA tournament with 4 top 10’s in his last 7 starts, so he’s definitely in good form as well.
6 Golfers I’d Pay Up For:
Dustin Johnson- $13,000
Jon Rahm- $11,000
Phil Mickelson- $10,200
Adam Scott- 10,000
Webb Simpson- $9,700 (Eagle Point member)
Wesley Bryan- $9,100 (Carolina native)