Rickie Fowler

On Tap This Week: 5/1/14

On Tap This Week: 5/1/14

Tournament: Wells Fargo Championship
Location: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC
Dates: 5/1/14 – 5/4/14

This week’s PGA Tour stop is in Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. This has always been a great tournament due to its usually strong field and top-notch venue. (Let’s just sweep last year’s issues under the rug for a minute.)

I always found this tournament interesting because of the dudes that have won here. I’ve always thought of the Wells Fargo Championship as a springboard to bigger and better things.

Take Rory McIlroy for example. His 2010 win was his first on Tour. He went on to win 2 major championships and ascended to number one in the world. He is now a major star (despite his recent struggles) and it all started at the Wells Fargo.

But is this tournament really the springboard I think it is? If you look at the numbers, maybe not.

How about Rickie Fowler? When he won in 2012, it appeared he would follow the same path as McIlroy. More tournament wins and major championships appeared in his future. It hasn’t really worked out like that. There is still plenty of time for Rickie to accomplish those things, but Wells Fargo remains his only win.

How about the most interesting case of the Wells Fargo skyrocket program, Anthony Kim? When Kim won in 2008, he did so in impressive fashion, setting the tournament scoring record. Within two years of his win, he was a top ten player in the world and on his way to being a SUPERSTAR.

But as I, and several others have discussed recently on Twitter, Kim has fallen off the face of the Earth. Funny thing is, the last time we saw him was in 2012 at the Wells Fargo. And now, who the hell knows where he is or what he’s doing. His agent isn’t even sure if he’s playing golf at this point.

Anyway, can someone put themselves on the map this week with a big time win? We shall see Sunday evening.

Expert Pick

The hot name I keep seeing is Jonas Blixt. He fits the big splash type scenario I talked about above. But I am not so sure he will get it done. I am picking a previous champion of this event, Rory McIlroy. He has been working to improve his putting and has obviously won here before.

On Tap Recommendation

It is Kentucky Derby weekend, folks. That means one thing to me: mint juleps. While bourbon may not be a North Carolina thing, it’s certainly an American thing. So if you don’t want to be a commie trader, drink a mint julep of two with me this weekend. Cheers everyone!