There is a terrific line-up for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, and Phil Mickelsen all expected to attend.
After his knee injury and personal problems, Woods has had to focus like never before, to try to reach the top of the mountain, and there have been glimpses lately that he is getting there.
Granted, Woods let his supporters down in the Masters, despite being a favourite in US Masters betting; he was not at all happy with his swing. He has since been practising with a new variation.
Added to that, he plays this course extremely well, having appeared five times, and been inside the top 10 on no less than four occasions, including when coming out on top five years ago.
Like Woods, Mcllroy has had a break since the Masters, and has happy memories of Quail Hollow, having gained his first ever PGA Tour victory here, two years ago. He posted a course record 62 on the final round, and he knows that a good effort here will keep him in the top echelons of the rankings.
One man who looks certain to be involved in the final two day’s play is Phil Mickelsen. He finished second to Mcllroy in 2010. He has never failed to make the cut in a number of appearances.
‘Lefty’ lines up on the back of a tied third in the Masters, in which he produced par after par to propel himself into a fancied position. His effort petered out late on, but he must go on the shortlist, as does the man in form, Hunter Mahan.
He won the World Matchplay, at the end of February, and added the Shell Houston Open to the list, a month later. If he can keep doing that, a top six place looks assured in the world rankings.
Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, and Zach Johnson all have the game to take a hand, while the locals will be cheering on Lucas Glover, who improved on his 2009 runner’s up effort to go one better, last year.