Golf Rankings for Wells Fargo Championship
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
After winning at Quail Hollow in 2010, his first career start at the site, McIlroy missed last year's cut. While the Northern Irishman finished with a disappointing T40 at the Masters, McIlroy won The Honda Classic and scored a solo third at Doral in his other two stateside stroke play events. Considering the performance at Augusta was McIlroy's first finish outside of the top 11 in his last 13 worldwide events, dating back to last year, he should fair just fine this week at Quail Hollow.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Since 2004, Mickelson has collected six top-10s at Quail Hollow in eight starts and has only finished worse than 12th once. After a slow start to the season Lefty has caught fire over his last six events, winning at Pebble Beach while collecting a total of four finishes inside the top five. Phil currently ranks third in strokes gained – putting, fourth in birdie average and is ninth in both scoring average and All-Around Ranking.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43
From 2004-09, Woods made four starts at Quail Hollow winning in 2007, adding two more top-fives and no finishes worse than 11th. In 2010, Woods missed his only cut of that season in this event. In five stroke play tournaments this year, Woods won at Bay Hill and earned a share of second at The Honda but is coming off a T40 at the Masters, a track he has always played excellent at. Woods currently ranks first in scoring average, second in total driving and third in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #28
After recording a share of third at the Masters, Westwood won last week’s Indonesian Masters for the second straight year. The Englishman finished T38 at Quail Hollow in 2010, but skipped the event last year. Fatigue could be an issue, however, as Westwood had to play 32 holes on Sunday prior to traveling from Indonesia to North Carolina. All told, Westwood is still worthy of heavy consideration given his elite status in the golfing world.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #7
While last year’s T24 at Quail Hollow was his worst showing at the site since missing the cut in 2007, Furyk has been a very reliable option here. Since 2005, he’s tallied five finishes of 11th or better in seven starts, highlighted by a win in 2006. After missing the cut at The Honda Classic earlier in the year, Furyk has finished 11th or better in four consecutive events and now ranks fourth in scoring average.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
Since 2008, Mahan has experienced solid, yet unspectacular, results at Quail Hollow with four straight finishes inside the top 25 but no top-10s. But with two wins this season, one in match play and another at Redstone, Mahan has never been playing better. In his seven stroke play events, he owns five top-15s and only one finish outside of the top 25. Mahan ranks 14th in scoring average, 15th in total driving and 21st in All-Around Ranking.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #31
Following a streak of nine straight top-30 finishes this season in stroke play events, Bradley suddenly missed the cut last week at TPC Louisiana. In his rookie campaign, Bradley missed the cut at Quail Hollow but should do much better this time around. Despite last week’s stumble, Bradley is eighth in scoring average, 11th in total driving and first in All-Around Ranking.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #20
In his most recent start, Johnson finished solo second at Harbour Town, his best result of the season. Things should continue to roll into Quail Hollow where ZJ has finished 11th or better in two of the last three, including a career-best T6 last year. In nine stroke play events, he’s accumulated five finishes inside the top 20 and has not missed a cut. Johnson is currently 11th in scoring average and 13th in All-Around Ranking.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #42
Last week, Simpson finished T13 at TPC Louisiana, his best result since a T10 back in mid-March at Copperhead. He’s made three starts at Quail Hollow, missing his first two cuts until finishing T21 last year. Simpson is not the bullet proof selection he was for most of 2011, but has yet to miss a cut this season.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #106
Before missing the cut at Harbour Town, Van Pelt rattled off four straight top-10s in stroke play events and a T17 at the Masters. BVP scored a solo fifth at Quail Hollow in 2010, but was just T33 last year. Van Pelt ranks first in strokes gained – putting, seventh in birdie average, sixth in total driving and fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10
After missing his second cut of the season, Fowler bounced right back with a T10 last week at TPC Louisiana. The 23 year old has been successful at Quail Hollow with a solo sixth in 2010 and a T16 last year. While not the most consistent player, Fowler is coming off his second-best finish of the season (which vastly improves his outlook for this week).
Cameron Tringale [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #88
In two career starts at Quail Hollow, Tringale finished T59 last year and missed the cut in 2010. But forget all that, Tringale now owns three straight top-10 finishes after never recording back to back top-10s in his career since turning pro in 2009. As a lower-tier golfer in most formats, Tringale figures to provide a big value.