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3rd May 2011, 7:08pm

Wells Fargo Championship Betting: In form birdie machine McIlroy in right shape to defend his title

Wells Fargo Championship Betting: In form birdie machine McIlroy in right shape to defend his title

After the thrilling playoff last week in the Zurich Classic, the PGA Tour heads to Quail Hollow this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. Rory McIlroy is the defending champion this week having beaten Phil Mickelson last year courtesy of a dream weekend. He’ll aim to defend his title in a real top field this week but nevertheless it’s a field which has been weakened by the withdrawal due to injury of Tiger Woods.

Quail Hollow is a long golf course. At 7442 yards for a par 72 length is going to be a key requirement this week and the difficulty of the course means it’s highly likely that the winner will be one of the better players in the world rankings at present. Water is quite prevalent on the back nine and it can make for intriguing finishes to the event.

This is a real top field. For past champion Anthony Kim to be 55/1 in this field shows the strength of it and there are many who cases can be made for. Phil Mickelson’s worst finish in the 7 years he’s played this event is 35th, the only time he’s been out of the top 12. He’s more than entitled to go well this week. Bubba Watson can never be ruled out with his length and coming in off last week’s win confidence is sure to be high. You can also make claims for Martin Kaymer, Nick Watney and Hunter Mahan.

However my money is going with the defending champion this week. We all saw Rory McIlroy blow up in front of the world at The Masters but to follow that up with a 3rd place in Malaysia the week after shows the mental strength he has. He started slowly here last year but still won the tournament and one thing The Masters showed us in the first three rounds is that his game is in very good shape. This doesn’t have the pressure of a major championship on it though and for that reason I believe Rmac can get himself into contention and finish the job and successfully defend this week.

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