Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Best Bets For This Week's 2018 PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship

Best Bets For This Week's 2018 PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship

North Carolina is Murray's home state and he enjoyed a fine majors debut when Quail Hollow hosted last year's PGA Championship - reaching contention through 54 holes before a understandably poor Sunday sent him down to 22nd.

And there is no escaping the feeling that big-time golf action is also back after a post-Masters lull.

In August, he captured his first major title by winning the PGA Championship there.

Brian Harman hopes to successfully defend his Wells Fargo Championship.

This week at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, Justin Thomas has a chance to do something only Jack Nicklaus has done before him: win a PGA Tour event on the same course where he won a major the year before. It's one of those golf courses that sets up well for me. The course's length plays right into the Kentucky native's wheelhouse, as Thomas ranks eighth on tour in driving distance. He said the Quail Hollow course is much more hard than the previous time he teed it up, but he feels as if he is playing well enough to be a factor.

Just over a year removed from back surgery, the 14-time major tournament victor is moving better than since he was in his 20s.

While Woods took a break from swinging a club after the Masters, he used the downtime to work on his physical fitness.

"And I had defensive putts on most of the days". "I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don't make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that's true".

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Day was in contention to win the US PGA Championship at this course a year ago when it all fell apart in the third round on the way to a disappointing ninth-place finish.

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler all are playing for the first time since the Masters. "(The Wells Fargo) was extremely gratifying just because it had been been so long and I had been playing really well and knocking on the door. "They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way", Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion. Guys will be happy to play those three holes at even par all four rounds if they can.

Reed (left) believes he is the best around and is determined to prove it, so he will keep the foot to the floor this week and beyond.

It's been a mixed bag of form for the 20-year-old who continues to ply his trade on the PGA TOUR's Latin America circuit, his best result coming two weeks ago with a T11 in Argentina.

Things kicked off with a handsome morning for the start of the Wells Fargo Championship and some of the big names in golf took advantage early in the first round.

One final option to consider for this week is Dechambeau, who has come very close several times on the PGA Tour over the previous year. Experience should also signal that Day could be on the verge of delivering his best performance ever at this event.

That comes on the back of a very decent 12th at Auguata, and such is the quality of his long game that Oosthuizen should be towards the head of the leaderboard.

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