2019 Wells Fargo Championship: Field Preview

By Ryan Watson

The Wells Fargo Championship kicks off today as the golfers play their first round at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Quail Hollow Club. The course was rated as the 5th hardest on the PGA Tour last year, and always serves up enticing golf. The tournament is one of the last tune ups before the PGA Championship, with Quail Hollow providing a stern test to golfers before taking on Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in 2 weeks time. The field looks wide open with many possible contenders looking to repeat Jason Day's heroics from last year.

2018 Champion Jason Day

The 2018 edition was also a competitive affair, but Australian Jason Day would hold his nerve to claim his 12th PGA Tour title. Day picked up steam throughout the first 3 rounds, eventually amassing a slim 2-stroke lead after 54 holes. However, after failing to birdie on the first 15 holes of the final round, Day was tied for the lead with PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise. All that remained were the notoriously difficult ending holes known collectively as the “Magnificent Mile”. Just when Wise began to dream of his first PGA Tour win, Day showed a veteran’s nerve to sink a birdie putt on the 16th. He put an exclamation point on his win when he drove to within inches of the pin on the 17th for a second consecutive birdie and ended Wise's chance at a win. Don’t feel too bad for Wise though, the rookie followed up his 2nd place finish with his first win just a week later.

Field Preview

In addition to Day, many other golfing heavyweights will be teeing off this weekend. Patrick Reed looks for his first victory since winning the Masters in 2018, and it’s safe to say that after his team missed the cut at last week’s Zurich Classic that the always competitive Reed will be motivated. Phil Mickelson is another favorite, who at 48 is enjoying a career resurgence in a year that has already seen him win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and finish runner up at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Justin Rose will also tee off this week, looking for his second win of the season while currently 2nd in FedEx Cup rankings. Last, Rory McIlroy returns as the only multiple winner at Quail Hollow as he looks to add a 3rd Wells Fargo Championship to his impressive trophy cabinet.

Media Coverage

Spectators can watch all the action from the comfort of their homes through Golf Channel’s and CBS’s television coverage. The Golf Channel handles Thursday and Friday, 3-6pm ET. Coverage on Saturday and Sunday starts on the Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before switching to CBS for primetime coverage 3-6pm ET. Streaming of featured groups is available online through PGA Tour Live. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.