12th May 2015 | Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Golf Trends
A strong field heads to North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship. We examine the trends of past winners.
Bentgrass greens were relaid with Bermuda grass in advance of last year’s tournament along with tweaks to the 4th, 16th and 17th holes. However the overall complexion of the event hasn’t changed much. The demanding finish still exisits, with the closing three holes, nicknamed the ‘Green Mile’ still a daunting prospect.
Before players can even think about the finish, there is the rest of a 7,442-yard course to negotiate. Fairways are amongst the hardest to hit on tour, with Quail Hollow ranking fourth lowest for driving accuracy last year.
Recent trends at the Wells Fargo Championship are strong.
Top-70 on tour for driving distance
Quail Hollow is a bomber’s course. Lucas Glover was the shortest hitter to win in the last five years and he still ranked 63rd on tour for driving distance.
Top-70 on tour for total driving
Quail Hollow had the third hardest fairways to hit on tour in 2012 and fourth hardest last year; accuracy is as important as length off the tee.
Top-70 on tour for 1-putt percentage
Recent winners like Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and JB Holmes all won despite ranking outside the top-100 on tour for strokes gained putting but they made putts when they needed too. Four of the last five champions ranked inside the top-70 for one-putt percentage.