A spot on the PGA Tour schedule usually reserved for Quail Hollow Golf Club, this week’s Wells Fargo Championship will take place at a new venue. TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms will have the privilege of hosting the best in the world as Quail Hollow prepares to host the Presidents Cup this fall.
TPC Potomac, located just outside the nation’s capital, underwent extensive renovations after drawing criticism in the early 2000s during its Booz Allen Classic days. Now just a par 70, it continues to be a staple on the PGA Tour, as last seen in the summer of 2018 for the Quicken Loans National.
The PGA Tour isn’t the only tour to enjoy this golf course, as the Senior Players Championship was played here in 2010 and the Korn Ferry Tour Mid-Atlantic Championship in 2012 and 2013.
While different tours have used the TPC Potomac, one thing has remained constant: the high difficulty level. With the exception of Francesco Molinari’s under-21 performance in 2018, the tournament’s winning score has often struggled to hit the double digits under par.
I’m confident players will be able to bypass the TPC Potomac relatively effectively this year, which isn’t shared by all. The competitive course record stands at 8 under 62 – shot by Abraham Ancer, Kevin Streelman and Molinari in 2018 – and with the tournament taking place in early May instead of early July, a bite can be taken from the golf course. safe, as rain and cool temperatures are expected throughout the week.
Let’s take a closer look at this week’s Wells Fargo 2022 Championship with odds provided via Caesars Sportsbook.
Event: Wells Fargo Championship | May 5-8
Location: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm – Potomac, Maryland
By: 70 | Footage: 7,160 | Bag: $9,000,000
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Wells Fargo 2022 Championship Champ Odds
- Rory McIlroy (17/2): The defending champion returns to action after a spectacular end on Sunday at his Masters in early April. Nearly a month away from the competition, McIlroy doesn’t have the good Quail Hollow vibes but does have fond memories in the Washington DC area, having won the 2011 US Open just down the street at Congressional Country. Club. This will be the Northern Irishman’s first walk around the TPC Potomac, and despite being the betting favourite, the par 70 routinely takes his best club – the driver – out of his hands and will test his patience in the process. .
- Corey Conner (20-1)
- Toni Finau (22-1): What a difference a single week can make. We imagined Finau’s chances at a wide open Vidanta Vallarta, and if he hadn’t rolled like me the first two days, it would have been him instead of Jon Rahm lifting the Mexican Open trophy Sunday night. Despite posting the best green-numbered tee of his career, the stark contrast between Vidanta and TPC Potomac makes me indifferent to his Wells Fargo Championship prospects.
- Matt Fitzpatrick (22-1): The 27-year-old is inexplicably still winless on the PGA Tour but looks set to finally break through. He has quietly added length this season, ranking 27th on the circuit in strokes off the tee, and it has paid off as he has racked up seven top 20s in just 11 starts. Some may be spooked by his missed cut at RBC Heritage, but the terrain, course and conditions should play into Fitzpatrick’s hands and see him challenge for his first title.
- Abraham Ancer (30-1)
- Cameron Young (35-1)
- Russell Henley (35-1)
- Seamus Power (35-1)
- Paul Casey (35-1): He was a pre-tournament forfeit at the Masters due to back spasms, so there is inevitable worry looking in his direction. It seems like a long time ago, but Casey found the podium at The Players Championship after opening his week at TPC Sawgrass with a triple bogey. His iron game was impressive in the first quarter of 2022 and should translate into success at TPC Potomac, but the state of his health is anyone’s guess.
- Gary Woodland (35-1)
- Tyrell Hatton (35-1)
- Kegan Bradley (35-1)
- Marc Leishman (40-1): The 38-year-old is one of the few players to successfully navigate the TPC Potomac on more than one occasion. Finishing in a tie for 5th place in 2017, the Virginia Beach, Va. resident followed up that performance with a tie for 13th place in 2018. Winner at TPC River Highlands, a course with many parallels to the venue of this week, Leishman should find a good comfort level around the property. The 2021-22 season so far has been subtle but consistent for the Australian, connecting on 13 of 14 cuts and securing a pair of top five finishes in the process.
2022 Wells Fargo Championship Pick
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