A week removed from one of golf’s favorite sons, Rickie Fowler, winning golf’s “fifth major,” the players head to Quail Hollow golf course for the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the course in which another popular golfer captured his first victory. Rory McIlroy won the 2010 Wells Fargo championship, and he’ll need to recapture that luck if he hopes to rebound after one of his worst putting performances of his career.
McIlroy lost .518 strokes to the field last weekend at TPC Sawgrass, which was his worst strokes gained: putting tally of the season so far. He was able to hit the ball well off the tee and on the fairway, which kept him tied for eighth at TPC Sawgrass. However, he’ll have to fend off Rickie Fowler, who is starting to harness some of the potential that he has shown throughout his young career.
Fowler eclipsed the biggest win of his career, in a playoff round at TPC Sawgrass last weekend, and after strong showings at the Masters and at the Players, he has catapulted himself into the conversation of being one of the better golfers on tour. Fowler has also established himself as a fan-favorite, after the Players Championship got a 60 percent ratings boost from last season. Fowler was also able to win this tournament in 2012 at the ripe young age of 23 years old.
As one might expect, tickets for the event are in steady demand, with a big turnout anticipated. Hipmunk makes it easier for fans to make arrangements to attend, offering cheap flights to Charlotte for those desiring to make the trek to the course. In addition, Hipmunk features nearby hotels in Charlotte starting as low as only $44.
For as long as Phil Mickelson has been playing, it’s not easy to say that he had one of the worst tournaments of his career, but that was the case last weekend. Mickelson missed the cut by five strokes, and only hit 52 percent of the greens in regulation in his first two rounds. However, the wily veteran will be one to watch.
Quail Hollow is an extremely difficult golf course to figure out. The 7,562 yards it is composed of makes players go for the long ball, which makes it increasingly harder to find the fairways. The distance plays into the hands of some of the young guns on tour, as there have been three winners under the age of 25 in the last seven years. However, Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and the rest of the vets won’t make it easy on them at the Wells Fargo Championship.