In this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Tiger Woods won’t participate. However, there are plenty of big names in the field at Quail Hollow to attract your attention: Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, and Rory McIlroy are all back in action for the first time since the Masters. McIlroy historically has played well at Quail Hollow, breaking his own course record in 2015 when he shot an 11-under 61 in the third round. He has a total of 21under 267 set, a tournament record he won by seven shots.
Jason Day returns to Charlotte as the defending champion after missing the cut along with playing partner Adam Scott at the Zurich Classic. Jason entered the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo with a two-shot lead that disappeared when he put his tee shot on No. 14 in the water and bogeyed the hole. He made two clutch birdies on the 16th and 17th and went on to win by two. Additionally, with his 12th PGA Tour victory, he took some satisfaction in the way he was able to fight after leading.
Day said last year after beating Nick Watney and Aaron Wise by two that he had no idea where the ball was going that day, especially off the tee. He missed a lot of fairways, missed a lot of greens and his short game stood the test, which was nice. He stated that was probably one of the best wins he had ever had just because of how hard everything was that day.
As of Sunday, April 28, 10 of the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking will compete in Charlotte: No. 2. Rose, No. 4 McIlroy, No. 10 Fowler, No. 13 Paul Casey, No. 14 Day, No. 15 Tony Finau, No, 19 Patrick Reed, No. 20 Webb Simpson, No. 23 Mickelson and No. 24 Gary Woodland. No. 5 Justin Thomas withdrew with a wrist injury.
Note: Sergio Garcia will play in Charlotte for the first time since 2013. After missing the cut at the Masters, Garcia teamed up with Tommy Fleetwood and finished second at the Zurich. Mickelson will compete in the event for the 16th consecutive year. His best finish in Charlotte was second in 2010. When McIlroy won in 2010, he became the first player in tournament history to make the cut on the number on the go on to win. He needed an eagle on the par-57th hole (his 16th of the day) to make the cut. He shot 66-62 on the weekend.