Learn about the course for the Wells Fargo Championship and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for PGA DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Stream
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: Wells Fargo Championship
Dates: Thursday May 6th through Sunday May 9th
Course: Quail Hollow
Field: 156 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners at this course for this event: Homa (2019), Day (2018), Hahn (2016), McIlroy (2015), Holmes (2014)
- Thursday/Friday: 2-6pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Saturday/Sunday: 1-3 pm EST (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm EST (CBS) plus PGA Tour Live
- Quail Hollow is a par 71 playing just over 7,500 yards
- The course features:
- 3 Par 5s (549, 604, and 569 yards)
- 4 Par 3s (148, 236, 181, 179)
- Par 3 scoring will be important this week as these are not easy par 3s (12th, 6th, 10th, 2nd in difficulty)
- 11 Par 4s:
- <320 yards: 2
- 320-439 yards: 0
- 440+ yards: 9
- You will see a lot of mid to long irons into greens this week
- Off the Tee:
- This week distance is a big help off the tee as 9 of the 11 par 4s are 440+ yards. Players who drive the ball far will have shorter shots into the greens and can potentially cut some of the doglegs. Someone will have long and straight driving week which will set them up for a chance to win.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be the most important stat of the week. In particular, you will see a large number of approach shots from 200+ yards. A typical PGA Tour event will have 22% of approaches from 200+ yards. However, this week that number increases to 31%. With all of the long par 4s and 2 of the pars falling into the bucket of 175-200 yards we can expect 23% of approaches to be from that distance (compared to 18% for a normal event). All other distances are at or below the Tour average.
- The greens this week are average size Bermuda greens that will run about 12.5 on the stimpmeter (slightly above PGA Tour average). These greens do have a little bit of Poa in them which means they can be difficult to putt on in the afternoon.
- Around the Green:
- With the approach shots being longer than normal, we typically see more greens missed in regulation than a normal event. As such, there are extra chances to gain shots on the field. So slight increased importance to around the green this week.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- Long driver with above average mid-to-long iron game who has an above average short game. Length trumps accuracy off the tee this week.
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Driving Distance
- Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Strokes Gained Approach (largest emphasis 175+ yards)
- Strokes Gained Around the Green
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Putting (preference to Bermuda)
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and DFS Stream.