Tiger Woods embarks on the latest stage of his comeback at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday, refreshed from an extended post-Masters break and still thankful for the back surgery that saved his career. Hell, Quail Hollow does not play like Quail Hollow anymore. The euphoria has died down a bit after it had reached a crescendo prior to the tournament following his tied second and tied fifth finishes at the Valspar Championships and the Arnold Palmer Invitational respectively. "It's longer and it's more hard".
Woods said on Wednesday the demanding 7 442-yard par-72 layout had grown more challenging in his absence. You are not making enough birdies if you are scrambling for par.
Tiger hit the driving range around 12:15 p.m. and teed off on hole #1 at 1 p.m.
That result, coupled with his otherwise good play at last year's PGA, suggest he will be one to watch this week after an adventurous outing at the teams event in Louisiana.More news: Key announcements from Facebook's F8 conference
Justin Thomas ($11,300): When you look at the three players that cost 11K+, all three of them (Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler) have won at Quail Hollow. He already has two runner-up finishes to his name this season - at the Safeway Open and Genesis Open - and, after returning to full fitness last week in partnering Daniel Summerhays to a sixth-placed finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he's in form and ready to win big.
"That one was extremely gratifying just because it felt like it had been so long and I had been playing really well and knocking on the door", Harman said. With four top-10 finishes in his last nine starts, Moore could be a sneaky good value option to win this week's Wells Fargo Championship. "It was disappointing that's the way the week finished". And Phil Mickelson - the 54-hole co-leader with Nick Watney - had a one-shot lead with three holes to play before back-to-back bogeys. He'll tee off at 5.40pm on Thursday. There is no doubt that he should contend as a legitimate option to finish in the top-10.
Quail Hollow is back in the regular PGA TOUR rotation for the first time since 2016. A T33 at the PGA Championship a year ago validates his course credentials, and he has three top-10s (including two top-5s) in his last five events. He has eight top-10s at this event (most recently 2015) and has made 14 straight cuts here.
But The Players Championship is next weekend and the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills (along with a $12million purse) is in mid-June.