2021 Wells Fargo Championship Picks: Our Favorite Props & Matchup Bets at Quail Hollow
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The PGA TOUR will head north to Charlotte, N.C. this week for the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. If last week’s field at the Valspar was light on depth, this one certainly makes up for it as 10 of the top 15 players in the world will be in the field with the PGA Championship on the horizon.
Justin Thomas is the betting favorite once again, but there are plenty of players who could challenge JT this week. Below you’ll find our favorite props and matchup bets for the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship.
Brian Harman Top-10 Finish (+400)
His win at this event back in 2017 came at Eagle Point, a one-year-only host venue when Quail Hollow was hosting the PGA Championship. Even so, his record at this track is perfectly satisfactory, with a pair of top-25s and just one MC in seven career starts. More important is his recent form, which includes a T-3 at The Players, T-5 at the WGC-Dell Match Play, T-12 at the Masters and T-13 at the RBC Heritage in his last four starts.
Harman is running hot right now, but there’s still time to jump on the bandwagon at a decent price this week.
Cameron Tringale First-Round Leader (+5000)
Tringale has become an auto-bet for me in the first round when I see him with the preferred Thursday morning tee time. He ranks 3rd on TOUR this season in Round 1 scoring average, and has frequently gotten out to hot starts. The way he has been playing, he has shown an ability to compete on any course and in any field, so I will continue to ride him especially in finish position bets this week at Quail Hollow.
Triangle will look to get that momentum started early on Thursday morning as he tees off the Par 5 10th, with a good chance to start the day at 1-under.
Viktor Hovland Top-10 Finish (+150)
Viktor Hovland is starting to round back into immaculate form. After a 21st-place finish at The Masters, he finished in third-place last week at The Valspar Championship. More impressive than the finish, was how he did it.
Hovland gained 8.7 strokes from tee to green including 4.9 strokes on approach. The 23-year-old has a perfect game for Quail Hollow. He hits it long and straight, and should be able to capitalize on the par 5’s. With how he is playing, it is hard to see him not finding himself in contention by weeks end.
Matt Wallace (-110) over Rickie Fowler
I do not know how Fowler (-120) is a favorite against anyone in 2021. To say he’s been bad is an understatement and he’s not showing any signs of turning it around anytime soon.
Wallace on the other hand has been on a nice little run of late, finishing third at the Valero and adding two other T-18s at the API and RBC Heritage. He ranks ninth in this field in SG: Approach, eighth in SG: Tee-to-Green and 16th in total strokes gained all over his past 16 rounds. Fowler sits 87th in the total strokes gained department in the same timeframe.
It’s likely his strong history at Quail Hollow is why this line is so off, but I love siding with Wallace here, as he’s in total control of his game at the moment.
Make-the-Cut Parlay: Corey Conners, Cameron Tringale, Brian Harman (+135)
Since they’re giving away money, I’ll take some … virtually, of course. Conners and Tringale earned positions in my Power Rankings and Harman is an easy Draw in my Fantasy Insider. Loyal readers of this space already know that I love myself the parlay, and it doesn’t suck that you get more than you give with this one.
Wyndham Clark Top-20 Finish (+600)
I couldn’t pull the trigger on Clark to win this tournament outright at +30000, because I don’t think he has enough firepower with the irons to win. However, his length combined with an excellent short game should fit Quail Hollow’s difficult layout nicely.
Clark ranks fourth in driving distance, 19th in strokes gained around the green, and 22nd in bogey avoidance in this field over the last 24 rounds. This combination sets up well for success this week. I like Clark’s chances of cracking the top 20 at +600.
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