Wells Fargo Championship Betting Favorites

Justin Thomas - Wells Fargo Championship Favorites
Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of only four venues, along with Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, and Riviera that host annual Tour events and also major championships. The par 71, 7,521-yard layout is typically one of the toughest on the PGA Tour, especially its final three holes known as the Green Mile.

Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017 and will do so again in 2025, as well as the 2022 Presidents’ Cup. The 2020 Wells Fargo was canceled, and it was one of a handful of events that was not rescheduled, making 2019 winner Max Homa the defending champion.

With the PGA Championship just two weeks and less than four hours away in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, the tournament has attracted a stellar field, including FedEx Cup points leader Justin Thomas, the third-ranked player in the world Jon Rahm, reigning U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and two time Wells Fargo winner Rory McIlroy.

Thomas leads the odds list at +800, coming off a tie for 13th in last week’s Valspar Championship.

Betting Odds for the Wells Fargo

Thomas leads the odds list at +800, coming off a tie for 13th in last week’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida, which allowed him to pass the idle DeChambeau for the FedEx Cup points lead. Right behind him at +900 is Jon Rahm, third in the world rankings, with nine top-ten finishes in 13 events in the 2020-2021 season but without a victory.

DeChambeau follows at +1400, with Xander Schauffele at +1600 and Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, and Webb Simpson all at +1800. Other notables include two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson at +5500, last week’s runner up to Sam Burns in the Valspar, Keegan Bradley at +6600, and 2012 Wells Fargo winner Rickie Fowler at +7000.

Favorites Picks at Quail Hollow

Jon Rahm was making his first start in the Wells Fargo Championship since a fourth-place finish in 2017, but that tournament was played on the other side of the state, in Wilmington, so this will be Rahm’s second start at Quail Hollow, finishing tied for 58th in the PGA Championship. It’s just a matter of time before the 26-year-old wins again, and this could be the week, his first individual outing since tying for fifth place after a closing round of six under par 66.

A closing 65, the best score of the day, got Viktor Hovland into a third-place tie, just one shot behind Bradley in last week’s Valspar after challenging for the lead late in Sunday’s final round. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook requires similar shot-making skills as Quail Hollow, so his good performance there is very possibly a precursor for a high finish at the Wells Fargo.

Despite being in a bit of a slump, missing the cut in his last three individual stroke play events, Patrick Cantlay was having a stellar season until failing to make the weekend at the Players Championship. Cantlay is making his first appearance at Quail Hollow since finishing tied for 33rd in the 2017 PGA Championship early in his career and tees off with odds of +2800.

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