Wells Fargo Championship
We discuss Jason Dufner's poker face, a rare bad Tom Hanks movie, the surprising New York Mets, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
Wells Fargo Championship
Where: Charlotte, N.C.
Course: Quail Hollow Club
Defending champion: Lucas Glover defeated Jonathan Byrd in a playoff.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Bill Haas
4. Hunter Mahan
5. Carl Pettersson
6. Bo Van Pelt
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we've decided a poker game with Jason Dufner wouldn't be a good idea. A panel of Olympic judges would probably be split on whether or not the guy even cracked a smile after winning his first PGA Tour event. On the other hand, we were definitely smiling with our picks showing up all over the leader board in New Orleans. But unlike Dufner, we're not resting on our laurels and taking this week off (You call getting married a good excuse?). Let's keep it going with our latest batch of predictions.
The PGA Tour heads to Charlotte for the 10th edition of the Wells Fargo Championship. In the past decade, it's an event that's grown quickly in stature, thanks in large part to Quail Hollow, a course that's very popular with the players. Not surprisingly, Quail Hollow wasn't designed by Greg Norman.
Random tournament fact: The closing three-hole stretch at Quail Hollow is known as "The Green Mile." It seems short, though, when compared to the plodding Tom Hanks movie of the same name.
Lucas Glover. The Glove, AKA Jason Dufner 2.0 (do you remember that lame celebration when he won the U.S. Open?), beat Jonathan Byrd in a playoff last year. This year, after injuring his knee in the ocean before the season-opening event at Kapalua, making it through a tournament is a big deal. Glover has broken 70 just one time in 15 rounds. And that one time, he followed it up with an 80. Yeah, we're staying away.
STUD OF THE WEEK
Phil Mickelson. Lefty has only finished outside the top 12 once in eight appearances in Charlotte. He has never won this event, but has come close, most recently when McIlroy blew past him on the back nine in 2010. Obviously, he also came close in his last outing, that little tournament they hold every year in Augusta, Ga. He may not pick up a green jacket this week, but we like him to get back in the winner's circle.
MANDATORY TIGER TALK
Most of the talk around Tiger Woods this week is about his lack of talking to the media. A winner here in 2007, this was also the site where we first realized Woods' comeback from scandal wouldn't go smoothly. He missed the cut after shooting a second-round 79 in 2010 and missed the event with a knee injury last year. On one hand, Woods is coming off a T-40 at the Masters. On the other, he did win his last regular tour event by five shots. We're expecting something in between this week.
GUEST PICK OF THE WEEK
This week's pick comes from @KennyDaGambler via Twitter:
"My money is on Rickie Fowler. Young kids play well there and his past record is good."
Love the Twitter handle and good points. Rory McIlroy and Anthony Kim had their breakthrough victories in this event and Fowler has been solo sixth and T-16 in his two trips to Charlotte. Speaking of gambling, I'll be back in Vegas this weekend for the Kentucky Derby and the Mayweather-Cotto fight. Feel free to pass along any "hot" tips...
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WEEKLY YAHOO! ROSTER SELECTIONS
Starters: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Bill Haas, and Carl Pettersson.
Bench: Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt, and Ben Curtis.
HE COULD BE NO. 1 (AT LEAST FOR A WEEK)
Rory McIlroy. Went 66-62 over the weekend two years ago to pick up his first PGA Tour win, but missed the cut last year in his title defense. Those two brilliant rounds are his only rounds under par at Quail Hollow. In other words, you'd probably be better off using him in another spot. But, given his body of work in the last year and his propensity to play musical chairs with Luke Donald for the No. 1 ranking, we'll slide him in the lineup.