Dan Roebuck’s PGA Tour Preview: Wells Fargo C’ship
Rory McIlroy is back in action for the first time since the Masters this week, as the PGA Tour hits North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship. The event, staged at Quail Hollow Club for the 11th time, catapulted the Ulsterman into the conscience of the wider public in America after he made the cut on the number in 2010 before shooting 66 and 62 – still a course record incidentally – over the weekend to win his first stateside title.
The former world number one missed the cut in 2011 before bouncing back to finish second 12 months ago – beaten in a play-off by Rickie Fowler. And despite his patchy form in 2013, mainly due to a change of equipment, McIlroy is the man to follow this week. Remember, he was second in Texas just prior to the Masters and was also eighth in the Cadillac Championship in early March. On a favoured layout, which will bring back positive mental associations, he is the deserved market principle.
Angel Cabrera rewarded each-way backers at a huge price at Augusta and then debunked the theory that you couldn’t possibly win the following week after being in the heat of the battle in the first major of the season by claiming the Abierto del Centro title. Okay, it was only a Latinoamerica Tour event, but it showed he has retained his form and as he finished third at Quail Hollow three years ago he should be backed this week.
Lastly, Richard Lee could run a place at a big price. Now in his sophomore year on tour, this straight-hitting, Q-School graduate has caught the eye with three consecutive top 21 finishes coming into this week and put up one of his better performances of 2012 at Quail Hollow.
My three to follow – McIlroy, Cabrera and Lee.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date