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Energy Rankings: Wells Fargo Championship

Tuesday’s Fantasy Insider will embrace Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed, Joaquin Niemann and former Wells Fargo Championship winners Rickie Fowler and Jason Day among the many notables.

When each Copperhead and Quail Hole final staged their respective competitions in 2019, they ranked a respective 1 and a couple of among the many hardest par 71s of all non-majors. Additional contemplate that Quail Hole’s scoring common of 71.762 mirrored a big drop from its 72.132 as the toughest par 71 in a non-major through the 2017-18 season. It had served because the backdrop for the 2017 PGA Championship for which it debuted as a par 71 after enjoying to a par of 72 as host of the Wells Fargo Championship from 2003-2016. (Eagle Level Golf Membership in Wilmington, North Carolina, hosted the 2017 version of the WFC.)

Quail Hole is also the longest par 71 on the PGA TOUR, though this 12 months’s most stroll of seven,521 yards displays a discount of 33 yards, all on account of the choice to not use the again tees on the par-3 seventeenth gap that now suggestions at 190 yards.

Like Copperhead’s closing three holes dubbed The Snake Pit, the final three at Quail Hole Membership additionally has a nickname. It’s The Inexperienced Mile. The par 4-3-4 sequence averaged a collective 0.780 strokes over par in 2019. As in comparison with all holes on the course, they ranked third, first and second, respectively. No. 17 was the fourth-hardest of 197 par 3s in all of 2018-19, whereas the finisher was Twenty fourth-hardest of 522 par 4s.

Given the problem nearest the end line, whoever prevails will wish to be the front-runner when he pencils in his rating on the par-5 fifteenth gap on Sunday. Max Homa birdied the final of the trio of par 5s in his remaining spherical earlier than closing bogey-par-par for a three-stroke breakthrough victory. For the week, he scored 2-over on The Inexperienced Mile.

The size of the course along side greens which can be barely above common in measurement promotes the bomb-and-gouge equation, and that has had benefit over time, however Homa transformed on his coronation together with his shortest sticks. He completed inside the highest 25 in distance of all drives, greens in regulation and proximity to the opening, after which led the sphere in Strokes Gained: Placing and ranked second in scrambling. He additionally paced it in par-4 scoring and ranked T2 in par-5 scoring.

Inclement climate early this week can have moved on by the point balls are within the air on Thursday morning. Primarily sunny skies and doubtless dry situations will permit for zero interruption all through. It additionally signifies that the bermudagrass greens can have a possibility to succeed in 13 toes on the Stimpmeter. This elevates the significance of avoiding the first tough measuring two-and-a-half inches.

Extraordinarily comfy daytime highs within the 70s will get shoved away with a excessive within the mid-80s for the finale. It’s additionally when wind will most affect selections.


PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton recaps and previews each event from quite a few angles. Search for his following contributions as scheduled.

MONDAY: Energy Rankings

TUESDAY*: Sleepers; Fantasy Insider

SUNDAY: Qualifiers, Reshuffle, Medical Extensions, Rookie Watch

* – Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Professional Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which additionally publishes on Tuesday.

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