Rory McIlroy Favored as Defending Champion

2022 Wells Fargo Championship Odds

Odds via PointsBet.

Golfer Odds
Rory McIlroy +700
Corey Conners +1700
Matthew Fitzpatrick +2000
Tony Finau +2200
Tyrrell Hatton +2800
Abraham Ancer +3000
Gary Woodland +3300
Keegan Bradley +3300
Marc Leishman +3300
Patrick Reed +3300
Paul Casey +3300
Russell Henley +3300
Cameron Young +4000
Max Homa +4000
Seamus Power +4000
Sergio Garcia +4000
Si Woo Kim +4000
Web Simpson +4000
Jason Day +5000
Jhonattan Vegas +5000
Matt Kuchar +5000
Aaron Rai +6000
Brian Harman +6000
Doug Ghim +6000
Keith Mitchell +6000
Kevin Streelman +6000
Matt Jones +6000
Matthew NeSmith +6000
Sepp Straka +6000
Brendan Steele +6600
Joel Dahmen +6600
Anirban Lahiri +7000
Cheng-Tsung Pan +7000
Dylan Frittelli +7000
Troy Merritt +7000
Adam Long +8000
Alex Smalley +8000
Brandon Wu +8000
David Lipsky +8000
Francesco Molinari +8000
Lanto Griffin +8000
Rickie Fowler +8000
Cameron Davis +9000
Denny McCarthy +9000
Kurt Kitayama +9000
Luke List +9000
Mark Hubbard +9000
Martin Laird +9000
Matthias Schwab +9000
Nate Lashley +9000
Russell Knox +9000
Taylor Moore +9000
Adam Svensson +10000
Beau Hossler +10000
Doc Redman +10000
Grayson Sigg +10000
JT Poston +10000
Lucas Glover +10000
Matthew Wolff +10000
Stewart Cink +10000
Branden Grace +12500
Brian Steard +12500
Chad Ramey +12500
Nick Taylor +12500
Pat Perez +12500
Ryan Armour +12500
Scott Piercy +12500
Stephan Jaeger +12500
Song Kang +12500
Tyler Duncan +12500
Adam Schenk +15000
Andrew D. Putnam +15000
Andrew Novak +15000
Austin Smotherman +15000
Charl Schwartzel +15000
Chez Reavie +15000
Danny Lee +15000
Hank Lebioda +15000
Harry Higgs +15000
Joseph Bramlett +15000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat +15000
Kramer Hickok +15000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee +15000
Lee Hodges +15000
Mackenzie Hughes +15000
Peter Malnati +15000
Rory Sabbatini +15000
Sam Ryder +15000
Zach Johnson +15000
Ben Martin +20000
Brice Garnett +20000
Cameron Percy +20000
Charley Hoffman +20000
Chase Seiffert +20000
Dylan Wu +20000
Hayden Buckley +20000
James Hahn +20000
John Huh +20000
Jonathan Byrd +20000
Matt Wallace +20000
Michael Thompson +20000
Peter Uehlein +20000
Trey Mullinax +20000
Vincent Whaley +20000
Ben Kohles +25000
Bill Haas +25000
Bo Hoag +25000
Brandon Hagy +25000
Bryson Nimmer +25000
Callum Tarren +25000
Justin Lower +25000
Kevin Chappell +25000
Kevin Tway +25000
Luke Donald +25000
Roger Sloan +25000
Satoshi Kodaira +25000
Wesley Bryan +25000
Curtis Thompson +30000
Henrik Norlander +30000
Scott Gutschewski +30000
Turk Pettit +30000
Camilo Villegas +35000
Chesson Hadley +35000
Jim Herman +35000
Kelly Kraft +35000
Nick Watney +35000
Paul Barjon +35000
Richy Werenski +35000
Ryan Blaum +35000
Vaughn Taylor +35000
David Skinns +40000
Jared Wolfe +40000
Martin Trainer +40000
Max McGreevy +40000
Michael Gligic +40000
Seth Reeves +40000
Seung-yul Noh +40000
Austin Cook +50000
Bo Van Pelt +50000
Brandon Matthews +50000
Brett Drewitt +50000
Dawie Van Der Walt +50000
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra +50000
Gregory Odom +50000
Jim Knous +50000
Johnson Wagner +50000
Jonas Blixt +50000
Joshua Creel +50000
Larkin Gross +50000
Morgan Hoffmann +50000
William McGirt +50000

The buildup for the PGA Championship truly begins this week with the Wells Fargo Championship.

This year, the Wells Fargo gets a new venue, as it moves from Quail Hollow in Charlotte up north to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland. Fans might remember TPC Potomac as the host of the now defunct Quicken Loans National from 2017-18.

Last year in Charlotte, McIlroy ended an 18-month draught (for him) with his one-stroke win over Abraham Ancer. The last time we saw the Northern Irishman was at the Masters, where he used a final-round 64 to finish second behind Scottie Scheffler. McIlroy has made seven starts in the 2021-22 FedEx Cup season, with one win (CJ CUP) and five top-10 finishes under his belt.

Also in the field are the likes of Abraham Ancer and Tony Finau, who have made the trip up from the Mexico Open. McIlroy has a few Ryder Cup teammates playing this week in Matt Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton.

While Ancer finished T42 in Mexico, Finau finished with a flourishing 63 in the final round to finish one stroke behind winner Jon Rahm. After a rough start to 2022 that saw him miss three out of four cuts at one point, Finau has finished in the top 35 in three straight and is showing flashes of potential moving forward.

Corey Conners is near the top of the board and will no doubt be a popular pick this week. The Canadian has been in stellar form since the start of March, finishing in the top 35 in all six of his starts in that span. His last two results were a T6 at the Masters and a T12 at the RBC Heritage, which also features a course that rewards ball-strikers like Conners.

The purse this week in Potomac is $9 million, which is the most in a PGA TOUR event (that means not including the Masters) since the WGC-Dell Match Play.

Past Winners

We’ll have to look at two events for this section.

Francesco Molinari won the last Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac back in 2018, dominating the event at 21-under for an eight-stroke win. The year before saw Kyle Stanley beat Charles Howell III in a playoff after the pair finished at 7-under.

At the Wells Fargo, some recognizable names have won at Quail Hollow.

This tournament was canceled in 2020 due to COVID. The two previous years saw Max Homa (’19) and Jason Day (’18) come out victorious. Rickie Fowler and James Hahn, both of whom are in the field this week, also won at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy has the best history at this tournament, though. He has three wins at Quail Hollow, back when it was the Quail Hollow Championship in 2010 and then two at the Wells Fargo (’15 and ’21).

Course Breakdown

This year’s Wells Fargo Championship has been moved a little north from Charlotte to Maryland at TPC Potomoc. The change in venue is because Quail Hollow has a big assignment later this fall: the Presidents Cup.

Whoever wins this week is going to have a good one with the irons.

TPC Potomac is a par 70 that will play right around 7,100 yards. There are only two par 5s on the course — Nos. 2 and 10 — and a potentially drivable par 4 at No. 14.

Strokes Gained: Approach, as it is most weeks, will be hugely important this week. Last week, driving distance was important with the wide-open fairways at the Mexico Open. This week, more precision will be required.

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