2017 Wells Fargo Championship Predictions

Who will win the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship? Our research staff provides previews and predictions. The 2017 Wells Fargo Championship is scheduled for May 4-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club in North Carolina.


The Favorites 

Dustin Johnson
Best Result: T29 (2010)
Form: Three straight wins
SG Total: 2nd
Outlook: Johnson's dominant streak came to a halt at the Masters where a freak injury prevented him from competing. The three-week layoff should have alleviated his injury issue, but we won't really know about his recovery until he tees off Thursday morning. Although Johnson has not played this event since 2011 and his record prior then was not very good, the event has a new venue this year so course compatibility and experience are not a big factor. Recovery is the biggest issue.

Jon Rahm
Best Result: Debut
Form: Four top-10s in last five starts
SG Total: 3rd
Outlook: Rahm has shown an uncanny ability to play well on courses he had never played before. In an addition to the win at Torrey Pines, he has been close to winning numerous times. The Spanish star contended at the Masters on his debut! If not for a poor final round, he would have recorded a seventh straight top-20 finish. This type of feat is usually reserved for a veteran and not a fledgling rookie like Rahm. With the event being played on a new course this week, he will have an advantage over players who are used to the old venue.

The Contenders 

Phil Mickelson 
Best Result: 2nd (2010)
Form: T7 at WGC Mexico, T22 at the Masters
SG Total: 22nd
Outlook: Mickelson is arguably the best player to not have won this championship. He was a runner-up here and has many other top finishes. It would be ironic if he finally wins a long desired title on a course that isn't Quail Hollow. Big Lefty has not missed a cut all season so he certainly has the form to contend here.

Paul Casey
Best Result: T41
Form: T9 at WGC Match Play, 6th at the Masters
SG Total: 35th
Outlook: Casey is one of the players who should benefit from the one-time venue change. The Englishman has played this event sparingly and his best finish was a T41. Although he can be streaky, he is currently on a good roll with two top-10s in his last two starts. Despite playing well the last few years, Casey is in the same boat as Matt Kuchar with no win to show for. His biggest problem recently has been putting. Currently, he ranks 143rd in SG Putting. If he could somehow putt decently, he has a good shot of winning the Wells Fargo.

Webb Simpson
Best Result: T2 (2015)
Form: Two missed cuts in last four starts, 2nd in Phoenix
SG Total: 53rd
Outlook: As a North Carolina native, Simpson is one of few players in the field who has decent experience with this new course. Moreover, the former U.S. Open champion has always played well at events in his birth state. He finished second at Quail Hollow two years ago and won the Wyndham Championship on another North Carolina course.

Players to Watch 

Adam Scott
Best Result: 3rd (2006)
Form: Three top-14s in last five starts
SG Total: 40th
Outlook: The former Masters champion is having a solid but unspectacular season. He recorded a number of top-15 finishes but rarely contended. Even at the Masters, he was a non-factor in the final round. His ball-striking is still decent but his putting has been a problem. It is not poor in a normal sense, but it is not strong enough to allow him to regularly contend for titles. Currently, he ranks 75th in SG Putting. He will need to improve on it to win again on the PGA Tour.

Kevin Kisner
Best Result: T6 (2014)
Form: Seven top-25 finishes this season (excluded team play)
SG Total: 6th
Outlook: Kisner is one of the underrated players you need to have in your fantasy team. He is excellent from tee to green and putts reasonably well. Plus, he was born and currently lives in South Carolina which is not too far away from Eagle Point Golf Club.

Dark Horses

Lucas Glover
Best Result: Win (2011)
Form: Five top-25s this season
SG Total: 14th
Outlook: Glover is the one of the most successful players at this event. He won this event in 2011 and was a runner-up in 2009. While there is a new venue this week, both Quail Hollow and Eagle Point were designed by Tom Fazio; there are bound to be similarities between the two courses. Glover is a South Carolina native so he is certainly familiar with golf courses in this general area.

Pat Perez
Best Result: T6 (2011)
Form: Three top-20s in last four starts, 7th in FedEx Cup
SG Total: 45th
Outlook: Perez is enjoying his best season to date. He won his first career title last fall and is currently 7th in the FedEx Cup. We expect another solid performance from him here and if he plays really well, he should contend for the title.


Winner: Jon Rahm. Since Quail Hollow is slated to host the upcoming PGA Championship, this event will be played at the Eagle Point Golf Club. Experience with the old venue helps since designer Tom Fazio has a hand on both courses. However, a new host venue generally favors the more in-form players. The two players with the best form in the field are Dustin Johnson and Rahm. With the uncertainty of Johnson's injury, it could be a risk to pick him. Rahm, on the other hand, has no injury issue. He has taken an extended break since the Masters, so fatigue is not a problem either. Also, the 22-year-old has shown an uncanny ability to play well on courses he had never played before. The Spanish star should perform well this week and perhaps add a second win to his already stellar season.

Top 10 Finish: Paul Casey. The Englishman is one of those players whose game is a good fit for almost every type of golf course. He drives the ball well, possesses a strong short game and is fantastic with his irons. His main issue lately has been putting. However, he is a known streaky putter. When he is on a good roll, his putting can be excellent. Casey has been playing well with a T9 at WGC Match Play and a sixth-place finish at the Masters.

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