Welcome to the latest leg of our golf betting previews and the tour sees us shift our attention to the winner of the Wells Fargo. Played over four days from Thursday evening, armchair fans of golfing can follow all the action live on Sky Sports. Here are our top Wells Fargo betting tips
Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina plays hosts and with some of the sport’s biggest names back in contention following a brief break after Tiger Woods success at the Masters, we prepare ourselves for a gripping few rounds of championship golf.
Sports betting lovers will be delighted to learn bookmakers have rolled out the red carpet in preparation for this one and offer a flood of eye-catching betting markets, covering everything from the outright winner and first-round leader to top-10 finish and the highest-ranking European player. Our team are excited by what awaits us here and happily lead followers through the betting.
Rors Leads the Way
Jason Day won this title last year when handing in a winning score of 12 under par to leave the competition for dust. We’ve seen a range of champions in recent times, but none have been quite as impressive as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy who sat on the top step in 2015 following a jaw-dropping winning score of 21 under. That would’ve been good enough to see him win most years and we believe it’ll be quite some time before that tally is topped.
Will we get a repeat performance from Rors this year? Well, it’s certainly possible given the Brit’s talent and recent form and he arrives carrying the support of the market with bookmakers pricing McIlroy at the head of the outright betting to win the Wells Fargo Championship again. Traders at William Hill have him available at 6/1 and although that may look a little tight in a competitive field over four days of play, it’s market best price and beats the 11/2 you’ll get with most other firms. If you are going to back the jolly, we suggest doing it at William Hill to ensure you get the most out of your stake money.
Follow the Form
McIlroy is an easy selection to make here as he has won the trophy twice and finished amongst the top-10 on another four visits. It would be unwise to go against a man who knows his way around this course and genuinely appears to enjoy playing here. There’s not a lot of wiggle room in that price and it would be a win only bet, but it’ll be big odds if Rory plays the way we know he can and gets anywhere near the form we saw from him four years ago. Our advice is to back McIlroy as favourite at 6/1 and have an interest bet on another at a bigger price to help hold your interest.
Others prominent in the early betting are Jason Day at 11/1 with William Hill, Rickie Fowler 12/1 with Ladbrokes, Justin Rose 14/1 through William Hill and Hideki Matsuyama who can be backed at a decent 20/1 when getting your cash down at Bet365. Each-way backers will get their hands on 1/4 the odds five places with most firms but some are offering 1/5 the odds the best eight. That’s appealing, of course, but be aware of placing each-way bets the bookies offering enhanced place terms are often giving out shorter odds. Make sure the reward merits the risk.
One at a Price
There are plenty worth a mention but the player who will carry our stake money into the Wells Fargo on Thursday at a bigger price – hopefully, all the way through to Sunday – is Justin Rose. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, he has been short on form of late and looks past his best, but he’s a man good enough to feature and we know for a fact he enjoys the challenges of this course.
To succeed at Wells Fargo you must have the kind of power off the tee that will gain you respect amongst the competition and this is a course that has always seemed to favour the big hitters, a club Rose is a fully paid-up member of. You don’t have to be terribly accurate off the starting block as the wide fairways allow players to smash it into the distance, the main aim to shorten the gap between you and the flag. When approaching the greens, they are found to be hassle-free, so finding them is the difficult bit.
Rose has driving distance to call upon and he’s accurate when looking for a good lie on the short grass. His chances will then be decided by how good he can putt this week and we make him deserving of a chance. The pick was odds-on to win this title in-play a few years ago before choking, but he’ll shape better for the experience and we’ll happily have a pop at the 14/1 offered by William Hill.
As well as the outright winner market there’s also a number of specials to work through. If McIlroy and Rose are to have any kind of impact here, they must make a fast start, hitting the ground running and building from there. That takes us to the first-round leader betting where McIlroy is a 14/1 shot with William Hill to be ahead of the game at the close of play on day one, Rose chalked up as a 28/1 play with Unibet, the same man as tight as 16/1 in places.
The top European list makes for interesting reading and you’ll find our two picks at the top of the pile. Rory McIlroy is 13/8 (William Hill) to fare better than any other player for Britain, while Rose is 3/1 (Bet365) to command that list. With that bet, you don’t need the man to win the trophy, as long as they finish higher than any other from Europe. It’s a great way to give yourself an interest for the duration of play.