Fact Pack: Wells Fargo Championship


This week, the PGA Tour heads to the Tar Heel State for the Wells Fargo Championship. Quail Hollow Club, which will host the PGA Championship in 2017, will serve as a stern test for the 156-man field with The Players Championship just a week away, though questions linger about the conditions of the greens this week. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

• Quail Hollow has been a 'feast or famine' venue for former FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas; in nine career starts in Charlotte, N.C., the former Wake Forest standout has missed the cut four times. When he's made the cut, though, Haas – who has five top-10 finishes thus far in 2013 – has fared well, finishing fourth in both 2006 and 2011, 22nd in 2005 and 2009 and tying for 29th in 2010.

Chris Kirk is in the midst of perhaps his best season on Tour, and he has a revitalized putting stroke to thank for his success. Kirk, whose lone victory came at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2011, finished 140th in strokes gained putting in 2011 and 124th in 2012. This year, though, he currently ranks ninth in the metric, in addition to seventh in the all-around ranking. His results have followed suit: a runner-up finish at Pebble Beach earlier this season and top-30 finishes in each of his last four starts.

• Finding greens in regulation was likely to be a strong indicator for success this week, but with reports that several of the greens at Quail Hollow may be in poor condition, the importance of having as many birdie putts as possible will only increase. Since 2009, three of the four champions have finished T-5 or better for the week in GIR percentage: O'Hair (T-3), McIlroy (T-4) and Fowler (T-5). The lone outlier in that stretch was Lucas Glover, who won in 2011 despite finishing T-27 for the week in GIR percentage.

• Though he missed the event last year, Padraig Harrington has had no trouble taming Quail Hollow of late. The Irishman tied for ninth in 2011, leading the field in total putts for the week, and was tied for seventh in 2010. Each of his last eight rounds in Charlotte have been at par or better, and Harrington closed out the event in both 2010 and 2011 with a 4-under 68 during the final round.

• Outside of his runner-up finish at the Honda Classic, Geoff Ogilvy has had a forgettable 2013 campaign thus far, with six missed cuts in 10 starts. That may change this week in Charlotte, though, where the former U.S. Open champion has had a consistently strong history. Ogilvy has a pair of top-10 finishes in eight career starts at Quail Hollow, with no result worse than his T-38 in 2011. Considered one of the more astute observers when it comes to golf course architecture, the Aussie appears to have found a course that meets his eye.