CHARLOTTE N.C. – Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk will anchor the morning wave on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship, teeing off on the 10th tee at 8 a.m. (ET) with defending champion J.B. Holmes, but it will be the afternoon matinee that is sure to draw the most attention.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Ben Martin will head off the first tee at 1:20 p.m., 10 minutes before the threesome of Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Kevin Kisner.
McIlroy, who finished runner-up at Quail Hollow in 2012, has finished first (WGC-Cadillac Match Play) and tied for eighth (Players) in his last two starts, while Reed has not been playing his best golf, by his own admission, but already has a victory this season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Martin was solid last week at TPC Sawgrass (T-4) and Kisner has two runner-up finishes in his last three starts, including a playoff loss to Rickie Fowler on Sunday at The Players.
Other than his runner-up finish at the Masters, Mickelson has struggled this season, but Furyk ended a 100-event winless drought last month in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and finished second to Holmes last year at Quail Hollow.