Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship
The Wells Fargo Championship debuted in 2003 as the Wachovia Championship. The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo which purchased Wachovia in 2008.
Traditionally the tournament is played at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina and in 2009 and 2010 the event was known as the Quail Hollow Championship.
However, as Quail Hollow is hosting this year’s Presidents Cup in September, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Maryland is stepping up to the plate to host the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm opened for play in 1986. In 1987 the Kemper Open (which later became known as the FBR Capital Open and Booz Allen Classic) moved from Congressional to TPC Potomac. The tournament was held for 19 of the next 20 years at TPC Potomac.
Notable winners at TPC Potomac include Lee Jansen (1995), Adam Scott (2004) and Steve Stricker who won his first PGA Tour title here in 1996. Ben Curtis won the final Booz Allen Classic at TPC Potomac in 2006 on a score of -20.
From the off the course was plagued by years of flooding and drainage problems. There was also issues which affected the greens producing less than satisfactory tournament conditions. This prompted a multi-million dollar renovation of the course by the PGA Tour in 2008.
The layout underwent a significant renovation to bring the course up to PGA Tour standards. The course was virtually re-built from scratch. Greens and fairways were completely rebuilt and all holes were regraded to create more natural contours. There was also a reduction in fairway widths. There was a complete re-design of holes 10, 11 and 13. The renovation also included the re-building of all bunkers and the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system.
The course was renamed TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm at the time of the renovation and the new Par 70 design was extended to 7,139 yards from the back pegs.
A major component of the golf course work was the restoration of the Rock Run Stream Valley, a tributaries of the Potomac River that winds through the golf course. During the restoration process, almost 12 acres of wetlands were added to create a buffer between the stream and the golf course. Additionally, more than 15 acres of trees were added.
Following the renovation project, TPC Potomac hosted the 2010 Constellation Senior PLAYERS Championship and the Web.com Tour’s Mid-Atlantic Championship in 2012 and 2013. The average winning scores for these tournaments was -8 which is a marked difference to the winning score of Ben Curtis (-20) in 2006. The re-design produced a tight and tricky layout that emphasizes the importance of good ball-striking.
Mark O’Meara who won the 2010 Senior Players Championship, was the only player to shoot under par each of the four days. He had this to say about TPC Potomac;
“I think it’s important to enjoy a golf course; and this golf course, with the renovation, is tremendous.”Mark O’Meara
2017 Quickens Loan National at TPC Potomac | Kyle Stanley
In the 2017 edition of the Quicken Loans National played at TPC Potomac, Kyle Stanley emerged victorious for his second PGA Tour victory. It was a jam packed leader board on the final day with seven players holding at least a share of the lead.
It took a playoff between Stanley and Charles Howell III to settle matters after both finished -7 (273) for the tournament. A par at the first playoff hole was enough for Stanley to get the job done.
Strokes Gained Category
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Stanley put on a ball-striking master-class for the tournament. He finished top of the pile for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which translated to a gain of just over 13.5 strokes against the field average. He finished 1st in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee and 4th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green.
Stanley finished with a negative Strokes Gained Putting which highlights the fact that you don’t necessarily need a red-hot putter to get the job done this week. Other stats for the tournament include T3 for Driving Accuracy, 29th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 26th in Putts per GIR.
2018 Quickens Loan National at TPC Potomac | Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari won the 2018 Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac for his first PGA Tour victory. He tied the course record of -8 (62) in the final round to finish on -21 (259) for the week. His nearest rival, Ryan Armour, was a whopping eight strokes back on -13 with Sung-hoon Kang a further shot back. Tiger Woods and Abraham Ancer finished in a tie for fourth.
Strokes Gained Category
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Like Stanley the year previous, Molinari put on a ball-striking exhibition. The Italian topped the pile for the week in Strokes Gained Putting gaining a jaw-dropping 17.302 strokes against the field average for the week. This equated to almost 85% of his overall strokes gained for the week. Other stats include 4th for Driving Accuracy, 32nd for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and T17 in Putts per GIR.
This week, good course management will be important. Accuracy off the tee will be a plus and the ability to capitalize with good scoring when opportunities present.
Wells Fargo Championship Tips
Corey Conners 18/1 (E/W) – played in the 2018 edition of the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac so sightlines will be somewhat familiar. The Canadian is on an impressive run of form of late. Followed up a 3rd place finish in the WGC Dell Matchplay with a T6 in the Masters and a T12 in his last outing at the RBC Heritage. Despite weak Scrambling stats, the ball-striking-machine still manages to place an impressive 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis. Perfect fit to unpick the challenges of TPC Potomac. Standout pick.
Tony Finau 20/1 (E/W) – sticking with the Utah native again this week. Has past experience of TPC Potomac with a T29 in the 2017 edition of the Quicken Loans National. Landed his first Top 10 of the season at last week’s Mexico Open, finishing in a tie for second. Places inside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis thanks to a rock solid tee-to-green game. He is also 11th on Tour form GIR and 8th in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green. This is a week where a red-hot-putter is not an absolute requirement which is a big plus for the 32-year old. If he carries last week’s momentum forward then he could be in the mix come Sunday.
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