The Wells Fargo Championship has been going for 14 years as part of the PGA Tour. Over that time it has always been hosted at Quail Hollow but not this year. The long time venue is playing host to the PGA Championship at the end of the summer and so the Wells Fargo is moving to east to the North Carolina coast and Eagle Point Golf Club.
Quail Hollow is one of the best courses used on the PGA Tour but if the early signs are anything to go by, Eagle Point is going to prove a highly capable replacement. The club has previously employed the ex-superintendent of Augusta National and the changes he oversaw to the layout have seen players compare Eagle Point with the host of the Masters.
Eagle Point’s not just visually stunning, it’s a very fair test of golf. The 7,400 yard layout has a mix of long par threes and short par fours so the winning player will have to be proficient with their woods, long irons and wedges. The greens are extremely high quality and are receptive to approach shots, although they may play a little slower than usual on the PGA Tour as the surfaces have been heavily watered.
Dustin Johnson Can Return with a Bang
We haven’t seen Dustin Johnson since he was forced to pull out of the Masters having slipped on the stairs of his rental home in Augusta. There will inevitably be question marks about his rustiness but all seems good on that front and this could be the perfect place for his return.
Eagle Point is the sort of course where longer hitters and those who hit quality wedges into the greens should have a real advantage. That sounds like it should be right up DJ’s street and he showed at the WGC Mexico that he can quickly adapt to new courses, so the world number one could return with his fourth straight win at 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Casey and McLaren a Good Fit
Paul Casey’s career went through a lull a few years ago due to a string of injuries. The Englishman was in danger of becoming a forgotten man but ever since recovering his fitness he’s returned to competing at the top of the sport. The only thing lacking for Casey is a win but the wait could be ended this week.
Casey looks a very good fit for the test of ball striking that Eagle Point is going to pose. He also has a highly experienced caddie in John McLaren with whom he can formulate a solid plan for the new course. That makes Casey look a good bet at 22/1 with Betfair.
Solid Molinari Set for Another Decent Showing
Francesco Molinari is another player, like Casey, who’s been playing some very good golf over recent months. However, despite focusing most of his energy in America, he’s been as yet unable to win on the PGA Tour. It looks a big ask for Molinari to make his breakthrough this week but he should have another solid tournament and finish inside the top 10 at 4/1 with Coral.