2014 Wells Fargo Championship - Vegas Odds, Free Picks + Tee Times
One of the top courses on the 2014 PGA Tour schedule, Quail Hollow is a world class track that will once again host the Wells Fargo Championship. Starting on Thursday, May 1st and concluding on Sunday, May 4th, the tournament is sure to have a great field of competitors and odds to reflect the quality of competition - next week is the 2014 PLAYERS Championship which, as most of you probably already know, is often called the "5th Major".
A highly thought of layout, Quail Hollow is scheduled to host the 2017 PGA Championship - last annual PGA stop to host a Major Tournament was Torrey Pines South Course for the 2008 U.S. Open.
The full scope of Quail Hollow can be experienced through the lens of Golf Channel and CBS throughout all four rounds of the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship. The first two days of coverage (Thursday + Friday) will be shown live on the Golf Channel starting at 3pm ET and concluding at 7pm ET. GC will also pitch in with live coverage of the weekend rounds beginning at 1pm ET with CBS picking up at 3pm ET until play has concluded each round + a champion is crowned on Sunday.
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
Founded by James Harris in 1959, this Charlotte, North Carolina, course has hosted a number of tournaments. The Kemper Open in the '70s was followed up by the PaineWebber Invitational, which later evolved into the Wells Fargo Championship in 2003. Designed by George Cobb, this scenic and challenging Piedmont course is home to the Green Mile, or holes 16, 17, and 18 that are ranked among the Tour's most challenging holes.
Proceeds from the Wells Fargo Championship are largely donated to the Teach For America organization. With a par-72 and more than 7,400 yards from the championship tees, Quail Hollow Club remains one of the premier stops for Tour golfers on the East Coast.
The Wells Fargo Championship ends in an unprecedented amount of playoffs. Derek Ernst won in 2013 with 8-under, and Rickie Fowler took home first in 2012 at 14-under. There were four other playoff games since the tournament's beginning; Vijay Singh, a native of Fiji, ousted Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia in a spectacular playoff in 2005.
The first release of the odds for this week's golf tournament are out and it is Rory McIlroy who is by far the favorite to win the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship. Starting out at 7/1 (+700), Rory McIlroy's odds to win this week are twice as low as the next closest competitor, Phil Mickelson (14/1, +1400). The full list of competitors with odds for the Wells Fargo Championship is shown just below along with a widget which will stay up-to-date when new betting odds are available at Bovada's online sportsbook.
In the near future, we will be providing both our winner pick and our value pick—a player who is doing quite well, but who is perhaps flying just a little under the radar. Of course, we cannot offer you these picks until we see how all the players are really shaping up, which means holding off until closer to Wells Fargo Championship time.
Soon, we'll be bringing you the odds for individual rounds, but for now, we must simply note that tee times and pairings are not known until about 36 hours before the first round—perhaps a little sooner in some cases, but never more than a week in advance. Check back closer to tournament time for an update.
2013 Wells Fargo Championship
Derek Ernst began the week of the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship on the way to a Web.com event. But as the fourth alternate into the field, Ernst was called to tee it up at Quail Hollow after four players withdrew prior to the first round.
Ernst was ranked 1,207th in the world at the time, and came out of nowhere to win one of the signature events on the PGA Tour. At just 22 years old, Ernst defeated David Lynn in a playoff. And it wasn't as if Ernst wasn't pressured by some of the biggest names in the game. Phil Mickelson finished a shot behind, while Lee Westwood was just two shots back.
2013 Wells Fargo Championship - Leaderboard
- Derek Ernst -8 (280)
- David Lynn -8 (280)
- Phil Mickelson -7 (281)
- Lee Westwood -6 (282)
- Robert Karlsson -6 (282)