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FANTEAM GOLF WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

RAHM GOES WIRE TO WIRE AS THE TOUR HEADS TO THE WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP

For the second straight week on the PGA Tour we got a wire to wire winner and this time it was Jon Rahm. The world number 2 was dominant in Mexico and ran out a 1 shot winner over nearest rivals Tony Finau, Brandon Wu and Kurt Kitayama. In reality it wasn’t that close and the Spaniard was a worthy winner.

The PGA Tour heads to TPC Potomac this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. This event is normally played at Quail Hollow in North Carolina, however the regular event is hosting the Presidents cup later in the year so the championship has been moved here for this week.

The event itself was first held in 2003 and has become one of the PGA Tour’s key stops in the build up for the PGA Championship. The championship has a record for attracting some of golf’s biggest names, so we should be in for an exciting week of golfing action.

THE FIELD

This week’s field consists of 156 players and will be headlined by Rory McIlroy. 

While Rory McIlroy is the highlight and the only top 10 player in the world here there are 15 other players that are inside the world’s top 50 including, Abraham Ancer, Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Paul Casey, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Corey Conners, Marc Leishman and Russell Henley. 

Francesco Molinari is in the field this week and he won the Quicken loans at this venue back in 2018 and he is joined by Kyle Stanley who won the Quicken loans at this venue in 2017. 

Other names of note in the field include former major winners Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley and Jason Day. Other notables include  Brian Harman, Troy Merritt, Seamus Power, Cameron Young, Sepp Straka, Johnny Vegas, Luke List, Joel Dahmen, Keith Mitchell and Si Woo Kim.  

A stacked field and another exciting week of golfing action for us to sink our teeth into. 

The tournament will begin on 5th May and run through to May 8th.

RECENT WINNERS

2021: Rory McIlroy

2020: Canceled (COVID)

2019: Max Homa

2018: Jason Day

2017: Brian Harman 

2016: James Hahn

2015: Rory McIlroy

2014: J.B. Holmes

2013: Derek Ernst

THE COURSE

TPC Potomac 

Yardage: 7,107

Par: 70

Greens: Bentgrass

Comp Courses: TPC River Highlands, Harbour Town, TPC Deere Run, Sedgefield CC. 

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms was originally opened in 1986. The original design was highly criticized and plagued by flooding and drainage issues. In 2007 a massive overhaul of the course design happened, with $32 million being spent on a redesign with Pete Dye and Tom Fazio at the forefront. 

It might seem a short golf course at first glance but don’t let the yardage fool you, around 50% of approaches this week will be from over 175 yards out. The par 5’s are particularly long and will be difficult to reach in 2.

Typical of Pete Dye and Tom Fazio designs there are plenty of bunkers. The green side bunkers around this golf course feature a Scottish design and play as the fifth hardest on the PGA Tour. Also typical of Pete Dye and Tom Fazio designs this course feature tree line fairways on a majority of its holes so the golfers will have no easy task this week.

KEY STATS 

Strokes Gained Approach

Strokes Off The Tee

Strokes Gained Around The Green 

Strokes gained on approach is always a key stat to look at and none more so than here. That’s because we have returned to bent grass greens which play firm and can be difficult to stop golf balls on. The difficult pin locations will try and bait the players in so good conservative approach play will be key.

This week the golfers will need to be in complete control of their golf ball off the tee. TPC Potomac offers a unique test and is predominantly a golf course where you need to put your ball in the correct place from the tee, so strokes gained off the tee are well worth a look at this week. 

If players do miss the greens on approach this week then they are going to need to be very good around the green. When the quicken loan’s tournament was held here in 2017 and 2018 eventual winners Kyle Stanley and Francesco Molinari ranked inside the top 10 for this category so it’s worth weighting into models this week.

TPC Potomac was the host course for the Quicken Loans in 2017 and 2018 so it’s worth considering course history from those events when building teams this week.

It is worth keeping an eye on the weather as usual when building teams this week. 

When picking lineups it could be wise to sprinkle in some picks who are likely to be less owned.

THE CONTESTS 

The PGA tour rolls on and to TPC Potomac at the Avenel farm for the Wells Fargo Championship. This week’s contest has a €12 buy-in with a €6,000 prize pool.

€12 entry – Wells Fargo Championship – €6,000 GTD – 5th May – 8th May

€2 entry – Wells Fargo Championship – €1,500 GTD – 5th May – 8th May

€2 entry –Wells Fargo Championship Round 2 – €600 GTD – 6th May

€2 entry – Wells Fargo Championship Round  3 – €600 GTD – 7th May

€2 entry – Wells Fargo Championship Round 4 – €1,000 GTD – 8th May

Our satellite contests will be running side by side with our contests. Users will have the chance to win tickets to our PGA Championship monster in 3 weeks.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MONSTER LEADERBOARD

Golf’s second major is just around the corner and with it the return of our €20,000 golf Monster. The PGA Championship begins on the 19th May and we could not be more excited.

In preparation for the PGA Championship is the return of our profit golf leaderboard which runs from the 29th April to the 15th May. All PGA Tour single round tournaments will be included during this period, so keep your eyes peeled.

Tournaments included:

Mexico Open – Rounds 2,3 and 4

Wells Fargo Championship – Rounds 2,3 and 4

AT&T Byron Nelson Rounds 2,3 and 4

Scoring for this contest is based on the net profit each user gets at the end of each  tournament. The user who earns the most profit will earn the first place points. The user who earns the second most points will earn the second place points and so on.

In total there’s 40 tickets up for grabs.  

Max entries are capped at 50 per contest, so it is up to you what strategy you take.

Good Luck.

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