The Wells Fargo Championship returns to Charlotte in 2021 as a result of the Ryder Cup being postponed this year and the Presidents Cup in Charlotte being pushed back to 2022. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, and the 2021 event will be played with crowds up to 30% capacity, or approximately 10,500 fans. Wells Fargo Championship odds will includes some big names near the top of the board.
Four of the top-five and 10 of the top-15 players in the world golf rankings will play at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Max Homa, the 2019 defending champ who captured his maiden PGA TOUR victory in Charlotte, returns. He’s contending at the Valspar Championship Sunday prior to the Wells Fargo Championship.
Wells Fargo Championship Odds 2021
The odds will be tight at the top with the four top-five players battling for favoritism. We will post odds here as soon as legal US sportsbooks open markets. Check back soon.
Notable Players in the Field
Two-time champion Rory McIlroy returns to one of his favorite stops on the PGA TOUR. He last won the event in 2015 over runner-up Webb Simpson, who is also in the field. Four top-five players return to Quail Hollow – Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau.
Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship held at Quail Hollow in August, and Patrick Reed was runner-up.
Top players in the field include: World Golf Ranking (OWGR)
- Justin Thomas (No. 2)
- Jon Rahm (3)
- Xander Schauffele (4)
- Bryson DeChambeau (5)
- Patrick Reed (7)
- Webb Simpson (9)
- Patrick Cantlay (11)
- Tony Finau (12)
- Rory McIlroy (13)
- Viktor Hovland (15)
- Sungjae Im (19)
- Harris English (23)
- Tommy Fleetwood (26)
- Will Zalatoris (28)
- Abraham Ancer (31)
- Joaquin Niemann (32)
- Corey Connors (38)
- Max Homa (41)
- Stewart Cink (43)
- Shane Lowry (44)
- Brian Harman (47)
- Carlos Ortiz (50)
Also in the field are 2018 champion Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland, 2012 champion Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Russell Henley and Mackenzie Hughes. Mickelson has eight top-five finishes in 16 events.
Masters Tournament runner-up and Wake Forest graduate Will Zalatoris has accepted a sponsor exemption and will play in his first Wells Fargo Championship. He’s been quickly moving up in the OWGR and is currently No. 28 in the world.
Wells Fargo Championship Winners and Runners-up:
- 2019 – Max Homa (-15), Joel Dahman
- 2018 – Jason Day (-12), Nick Watney, Aaron Wise
- 2017 – Brian Harman (-10), Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez (Eagle Point GC)
- 2016 – James Hahn (-9), Robert Castro (playoff)
- 2015 – Rory McIlroy (-17), Webb Simpson, Patrick Rodgers
* The 2017 event was played at Eagle Point Golf Club, as the PGA Championship was held at Quail Hollow.
COURSE AND TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
- Course: Quail Hollow Club
- Location: Charlotte, NC
- Date: May 6-9
- Par: 71 / Yardage 7,521
- Purse: $8.1 Million / Winner $1.42 M
- Fairways/Rough: Bermudagrass
- Greens: : Bermudagrass
- TV/Online: Golf Channel, CBS (Sat/Sun), PGA TOUR Live
- Twitter & Hashtag: @WellsFargoGolf
- Defending Champion: Max Homa
The greens at Quail Hollow were resurfaced in 2017 with a new Bermuda grass, Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda. They average near 6,500 square feet. Thousands of trees were removed as part of the changes, and new holes were built at holes 1, 4 and 5. Other modifications were made at the 9th and 11th holes. The opening two holes were combined, and No. 1 now plays as a more demanding par 4, along with hole No. 11. The difficulty becomes greater as wind comes into play. Water is in play on six holes, including the final five on the back nine.
Quail Hollow is a long course, and a venue now more suited to players with strong and long driving stats. Beyond the strokes gained stats, review players’ par-4 efficiency (450+ yards), par-4 scoring and approach play, preferably from 150-175 yards. Driving accuracy was previously more significant, but players who are accurate with stronger Tee-to-Green strokes gained stats will prevail as the heavier rough can be more penal. The resurfaced greens have put a greater premium on putting, along with Scrambling. Hitting greens and getting the ball close will be a struggle for players that are not solid ball strikers or are off line from the tee. In 2018, Quail Hollow ranked as the fifth hardest PGA TOUR course to score. The closing four-hole stretch is difficult, and includes ‘The Green Mile’ at holes 16, 17 and 18 – three of the most difficult scoring holes on the course.
Par-4 efficiency leaders (450-500 yards) in this field over their last 50 rounds include:
- Viktor Hovland
- Patrick Reed
- Justin Thomas
- Lanto Griffin
- Corey Connors
Sungjae Im, Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson are also top 10 in Par-4 efficiency.
Top Ball Strikers over their last 50 rounds include:
- Jon Rahm
- Corey Connors
- Emiliano Grillo
- Keegan Bradley
- Justin Thomas
Will Zalatoris, Joaquin Niemann, Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson and Viktor Hovland are also top-10 ball strikers.