2012 PGA Wells Fargo Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA Wells Fargo Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA Wells Fargo Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored
By Drew Sharper

CHARLOTTE, NC (TheSpread) – The Wells Fargo Championship is next up on the PGA Tour and the event features a number of top players, including Tiger Woods.

According to oddsmakers, Rory McIlroy is favored to win this event, as he has 7/1 odds. Woods has been given 9/1 odds while other short odds to win are Phil Mickelson (12/1) and Lee Westwood (14/1).

McIlroy won this event in 2010. He is currently second in the world rankings, but coming off his worst performance of the year, as he placed 40th at the Masters. McIlroy had finished in the top 5 of his first five tournaments of the year.

Woods won this tournament back in 2007. He is currently seventh in the world rankings, but also finished 40th in the Masters, his last tournament. Prior to that, Woods has finished in the top 20 of his last seven tournaments that he was able to fully compete in.

Mickelson is 10th in the world rankings. He has placed in the top 5 in his last two tournaments and in four of his last six. Mickelson placed ninth in this tournament last year.

Westwood is third in the world rankings. He is coming off a win in his last outing, with was on the Asian Tour. He has placed in the top 20 in 21 of his last 26 tournaments. He missed just one cut in that stretch.

The 2012 Wells Fargo Championship takes place from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C. and will begin on Thursday, May 3 and conclude on Sunday, May 6.

2012 Wells Fargo Championship Odds to Win

Rory McIlroy 7/1
Tiger Woods 9/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Hunter Mahan 20/1
Jim Furyk 20/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Keegan Bradley 33/1
Bill Haas 35/1
Webb Simpson 35/1
Bo Van Pelt 40/1
Rickie Fowler 45/1
Graeme McDowell 45/1
Jason Day 45/1
Nick Watney 50/1
Jonathan Byrd 55/1
Kevin Na 55/1
Cameron Tringale 55/1
Lucas Glover 66/1
Brian Davis 66/1
C Howell III 66/1
Sean OHair 80/1
Sang-Moon Bae 80/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
Rory Sabbatini 80/1
Brendon De Jonge 80/1
Ben Curtis 80/1
Ben Crane 80/1
John Senden 80/1
Aaron Baddeley 80/1
John Huh 80/1
Jeff Overton 80/1
Henrik Stenson 80/1
J B Holmes 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Gary Woodland 90/1
Thomas Bjorn 100/1
Stewart Cink 100/1
Geoff Ogilvy 100/1
David Toms 100/1
Chris Stroud 100/1
Retief Goosen 100/1
Pat Perez 100/1
Charlie Wi 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
Kyle Stanley 100/1
Mark Wilson 125/1
Robert Karlsson 125/1
Vijay Singh 125/1
Johnson Wagner 125/1
Anthony Kim 125/1
Ken Duke 125/1
Robert Garrigus 125/1
George McNeill 125/1
Spencer Levin 125/1
Trevor Immelman 125/1
Chad Campbell 125/1
Matt Every 125/1
Camilo Villegas 125/1
Brendan Steele 150/1
Brandt Jobe 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Angel Cabrera 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Tommy Gainey 150/1
Heath Slocum 150/1
Seung-Yul Noh 150/1
Colt Knost 150/1
Robert Allenby 150/1
David Hearn 150/1
Marc Leishman 150/1
Bobby Gates 150/1
Kevin Stadler 150/1
Hunter Haas 200/1
Tim Clark 200/1
Tom Gillis 200/1
Jason Kokrak 200/1
William McGirt 200/1
Andres Romero 200/1
Kevin Chappell 200/1
Kris Blanks 200/1
Blake Adams 200/1
Mark Anderson 200/1
Brian Harman 200/1
Michael Thompson 200/1
Chez Reavie 200/1
Nick O Hern 200/1
Chris Couch 200/1
D A Points 200/1
D J Trahan 200/1
Daniel Summerhays 200/1
Davis Love III 200/1
Stuart Appleby 200/1
Troy Matteson 200/1
Vaughn Taylor 200/1
Greg Owen 200/1
Jonas Blixt 225/1
Billy Mayfair 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Chris DiMarco 250/1
Erik Compton 250/1
Garth Mulroy 250/1
David Mathis 250/1
Jhonattan Vegas 250/1
Matt Bettencourt 250/1
Daren Lee 250/1
Bill Lunde 300/1
Josh Teater 300/1
Will Claxton 300/1
Jeff Maggert 300/1
Jason Bohn 300/1
Tom Pernice Jr 300/1
Ted Potter Jr 300/1
J J Killeen 300/1
Mike Weir 300/1
Sunghoon Kang 300/1
Steve Flesch 300/1
Stephen Ames 300/1
Scott Stallings 300/1
David Duval 300/1
Chad Collins 300/1
Nathan Green 300/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 300/1
Briny Baird 300/1
Mathew Goggin 300/1
Martin Flores 300/1
Gary Christian 350/1
Rocco Mediate 400/1
Tommy Biershenk 400/1
Cameron Beckman 400/1
Kyle Reifers 400/1
Jamie Lovemark 400/1
Roberto Castro 400/1
Ryuji Imada 400/1
Arjun Atwal 400/1
Dicky Pride 400/1
Kevin Kisner 400/1
Patrick Sheehan 400/1
John Merrick 400/1
Brendon Todd 400/1
Joe Ogilvie 400/1
Scott Brown 500/1
Troy Kelly 500/1
Gavin Coles 500/1
Edward Loar 500/1
Derek Lamely 500/1
Steve Wheatcroft 500/1
Rick Lewallen 500/1
Kyle Thompson 500/1
Richard H Lee 500/1

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Re: 2012 PGA Wells Fargo Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

PGA Betting Preview: Wells Fargo Championship
By Matt Fargo
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The Wells Fargo Championship, formerly known as the Quail Hollow Championship, is the tour’s next stop this week and the drama continues from Charlotte as this is the final tuneup prior to THE PLAYERS Championship next week.

Jason Dufner is coming off his first PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last week in a playoff over Ernie Els but it will be tough this week for a first-timer to win as the field is packed with many high-profile players.

Quail Hollow is no easy track. The 7,422-yard layout is tight so accuracy is of the utmost importance here. Three years ago, the course ranked 19th in difficulty (out of 51) and two years ago, it was the second-most difficult of all par-72s in non-majors. Last year was an aberration as it finished under par for the first time ever but don't expect that trend to continue. The final three holes is dubbed the 'Green Mile' and this is where the tournament can be won or lost.

The last event before THE PLAYERS features five of the top 10 in the OWGR as well as 10 of the top 25 players in the world, highlighted by Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan. The field also includes 11 of the 18 different winners on the Tour so far this year and the last seven winners of this event. This is slowly becoming one of the bigger stops on tour that is not a Major despite taking place the week before the 'fifth Major'.

The favorite this week is Rory McIlroy (+700) and for pretty good reason. He owns the course record at Quail Hollow following a 62 on Sunday two years ago when he ran away with the championship. He missed the cut last year which coincidentally was his first PGA Tour event after his blowup at the Masters and this is his first event this year after a bad weekend at Augusta. There is no value in betting him now.

Phil Mickelson (+1000) is back in action for the first time since the Masters and the time off could help him here. He finished T3 at Augusta no thanks to his triple at the par three fourth and even though he has never won here, he always plays well. He would have won here two years if not for McIlroy as he finished solo second. He has never missed a cut at Quail Hollow and of his eight starts, seven have resulted in 12th or better.

With Rory, Phil and Tiger in the mix, we get value down the board and that includes Webb Simpson (+3,000). He has been somewhat of a disappointment this year after finishing with two victories and 12 top 10s last season. Still, he has three top 10s and has yet to miss a cut so isn't all that bad. After missing the cut in his first two starts here, he finished T21 last year and it certainly doesn't hurt being a member at Quail Hollow.

We had Keegan Bradley (+3,000) last week and he missed the cut in New Orleans but he should bounce back this week. Even though he has not won this season, he has been outside the top 25 only once, which was at the Masters, and he has three top 10s including two top fives. He did miss the cut here last year, his only ever start at Quail Hollow but if his putter gets going, he will be one to watch out for.

We are getting some good odds with Rickie Fowler (+4,000) who is still gunning for his maiden PGA Tour win. He moved back to a cross-handed putting grip last week and it paid off with a T10 in New Orleans, his best finish since a T7 at the Honda Classic. He has played very well at Quail Hollow as he finished T16 last year following a very strong solo sixth the year before that. Last week's confidence carries forward.

Jonathan Byrd (+5,000) gets the longshot odds this week and it presents excellent value. He is playing in his first event since a T27 at the Masters as he headed home for the birth of his third child. This is the perfect spot to jump back into the game as it was Byrd who lost to Lucas Glover here last year in a playoff. Byrd has won five times on tour and in addition to his solo second here last year, he finished T5 in 2009.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Wells Fargo Championship (all for one unit):

Phil Mickelson (+1000)

Webb Simpson (+3,000)

Keegan Bradley (+3,000)

Rickie Fowler (+4,000)

Jonathan Byrd (+5,000)

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