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CHARLOTTE, NC (ATS Consultants) - The PGA Tour is in Charlotte this week for the Wells Fargo Open Championship.

With the Players Championship a week away, many big names are looking to tune-up their golf game right before the so-called “fifth” Grand Slam. The tournament at Quail Hollow will draw many of the top stars in golf, including names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy.

Luke Donald and Bubba Watson are the most notable names to skip the event. Donald recently regained the top ranking in the world while Watson won the Masters in April. While the absence of those two stars is noteworthy, there are more than enough quality players in the field to make this tournament a must-see event.

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Every single winner of the tournament in its history are here other than 2004 winner Joey Sindelar. Woods, Jim Furyk, McIlroy, Vijay Singh and Lucas Glover, who won it last year, are all here. This is a pretty long course (7442) with some reachable par 5s that allow a player to shoot a low score if he’s on his game.

Phil Mickelson 12-1

Mickelson has finished worse than 12th just once in eight appearances at this event. At Quail Hollow, he has a third in 2007, a 12th in 2008, a 5th in 2009, a 2nd in 2010 and a 9th last year.  Tied for 3rd at the Masters. That was his 4th top five of 2012. He won at Pebble Beach this year and has a scoring average of 69.85. Lefty ranks 3rd in the FedExCup and is 10th in the World Rankings. He has 40 wins in his career and has earnings of $65.9 million for his career and $2.5 million in 2012.

Jim Furyk 20-1

Furyk won this event in 2006 and is playing very good golf right now. He has four straight finishes of 11th or better. This is his strongest event, as he has three more top 10s in addition to the win, including tied for second in 2005. Furyk ranks 45th in the World Rankings and is 30th in the FedExCup rankings. He averages 70.23 and ranks first in driving accuracy percentage at 74.37%. Furyk has won 16 times on the tour, with earnings of $50.2 million in his career. This year, he has made $1.1 million and has one second place finish.


Ricky Fowler 45-1

Fowler played well at the Zurich Open last week where he finished tied for 10th. His best finish this year was tied for 7th at the Honda Classic. He has two top 10 finishes  and three top 20 finishes this year. He averages 71.05 this year and ranks 39th in the World Golf rankings. He has played in 11 events and made 9 cuts. This may be his time.

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