May 3rd, 2018, will see the Wells Fargo Championship return to the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC after a one-year hiatus when the course was used for the 2017 PGA Championship. The Wells Fargo has been dubbed a “mini-Major” due to the complexity and quality of the course, along with the field of players it attracts. In fact, seven of the last 15 winners have been Major champions, so it can be a preview for who is likely to win the remaining Majors for the season.
The course itself is home of the infamous Green Mile, the final three holes that test even the best in the game. Even with the minor tweaks to the course last year, these three holes retain their key challenging characteristics. #16 is a 480-yard Par 4 with tricky greens, #17 at 217 yards is one of the toughest Par 3’s – and was rated the toughest in 2008 – made even tougher if the wind interferes, and finally, #18 finishes the trifecta with a 478-yard Par 4, which demands a strong tee shot to avoid the bunkers and water. The Green Mile makes for an exciting finish for any tournament held here because a single poor shot can easily take a leader out.
So who’s likely to be near the top of the leaderboard for the Wells Fargo this year? McIlroy has traditionally done well at Quail Hollow, where he’s played eight times, with six top-ten finishes and two wins. Last August, Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship here and is the current FedEx Cup Leader, so we can probably expect him to perform well. Jordan Rahm, despite coming off a disappointing Masters loss just won the Spanish Open, which could give him the fuel he needs to keep on Thomas’ heels. Regardless, if they’re not doing well heading into the Green Mile, the final stretch might feel like they are walking toward an unsavory end! However, triumph awaits as well!