Fantasy Tip Sheet: Wells Fargo Championship

Phil Mickelson

There will be plenty of big names to track this week at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Webb Simpson among them.

But it is one player who is returning from a three-week layoff whom our fantasy panel thinks has the best chance at one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour.

That'd be Phil Mickelson.

Lefty is coming off a disappointing Sunday at the Masters, faltering early to give Bubba Watson a chance to move into contention and eventually take the green jacket.

Mickelson has had plenty of success at Quail Hollow, finishing T-12 or better seven times.

As for our panel, Jim McCabe has taken a commanding lead after correctly selecting Jason Dufner to win the Zurich Classic in New Orleans last weekend. Newcomer Ryan Lavner had a pair of picks that carded him more than $400,000 to make a move toward the $1 million mark.

Here is a look at whom they like this week:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Jim Furyk

Good history here and in good form. Won at Quail Hollow in 2006 and was second the year before. He's in form now, too - no worse than 11th in his last four PGA Tour starts. That includes a playoff loss at Transitions Championship.

Ben Curtis

Has a victory and two other top 15s in his last three Tour starts. Was second at Quail Hollow four years ago..

Winner: Justin Rose ($160,000); wild card: Ernie Els ($691,200). 2012 total: $5,441,617.

McCabe Phil Mickelson

What's not to like? He's had three weeks off after having had a stretch of golf in which he recorded a first, a second, a third, and a fourth in six tournaments. Oh, and in eight starts at Quail Hollow the lefthander has been T-12 or better seven times.

Johnson Wagner

Had it going pretty well earlier this season, so maybe a return to his home area will rekindle things.

Winner: Jason Dufner ($1,152,000); wild card: Graeme McDowell ($14,208). 2012 total: $6,913,527.

Martin Hunter Mahan

Has finished in the top 25 in all but one start this season. Has four consecutive top-25s at Quail Hollow.

David Toms

The 2003 champion here has made seven of nine cuts this year.

Winner: Keegan Bradley (MC); wild card: Cameron Tringale ($199,467). 2012 total: $3,616,926.

Miceli Rory McIlroy

Looking to regain World No. 1, with all his time off he should be fresh.

Brendon de Jonge

Had been struggling, but a good week last week in New Orleans and his game may be returning.

Winner: Steve Stricker ($230,400); wild card: David Duval ($13,056). 2012 total: $5,745,731.

Ringler Jim Furyk

His form at Quail Hollow is very good with a win in 2006 and four top 10s in eight starts. And his 2012 form includes finishes in the top 11 in his last four starts.

Brian Davis

Trending in the right direction. Made seven cuts in a row and finished T-16 here last year.

Winner: Charles Howell III ($25,600); wild card: Graeme McDowell ($14,208). 2012 total: $4,231,447.

Lavner Phil Mickelson

Putting better than he has in years, Lefty has four top 5s this season and an outstanding record at Quail Hollow: 6 top 10s in eight career starts.

J.B. Holmes

Seems to be rounding into form, with top-15 finishes in two of his past three starts. Just needs the putter to get hot.

Winner: Steve Stricker ($230,400); wild card: Cameron Tringale ($199,467). 2012 total: $507,987.

The field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 1. Rory McIlroy
  • 3. Lee Westwood
  • 6. Webb Simpson
  • 7. Tiger Woods
  • 8. Zach Johnson
  • 9. Hunter Mahan
  • 11. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. Jason Day
  • 14. Charles Howell III
  • 20. Bo Van Pelt
  • 22. John Senden
  • 24. John Huh
  • 25. Carl Pettersson
  • 26. Rickie Fowler
  • 30. Bill Haas
  • 31. Spencer Levin
  • 32. Nick Watney
  • 33. Keegan Bradley
  • 34. Gary Woodland
  • 36. Kyle Stanley
  • 38. Retief Goosen
  • 46. Jim Furyk
  • 47. Jeff Overton
  • 51. Pat Perez
  • 53. Robert Karlsson
  • 54. Ryan Moore
  • 56. Chris Stroud
  • 57. Aaron Baddeley
  • 59. David Toms
  • 60. Brian Davis
  • 62. Kevin Na
  • 66. Vijay Singh
  • 67. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 69. Cameron Tringale
  • 72. J.B. Holmes
  • 73. Robert Allenby
  • 74. Harris English
  • 75. Sean O'Hair
  • 76. Charlie Wi
  • 78. Mark Wilson
  • 79. Michael Thompson
  • 85. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 87. Trevor Immelman
  • 91. Robert Garrigus
  • 94. Matt Every
  • 96. Brendon de Jonge
  • 99. Brandt Jobe
  • 100. Johnson Wagner
  • 102. Martin Laird
  • 104. Brian Harman
  • 105. Chad Campbell
  • 107. Chez Reavie
  • 109. Ben Crane
  • 110. Kris Blanks
  • 111. Jonathan Byrd
  • 112. Kevin Stadler
  • 113. Lucas Glover
  • 115. Rory Sabbatini
  • 116. Jimmy Walker
  • 118. Gary Christian
  • 119. George McNeill
  • 120. William McGirt
  • 123. Josh Teater
  • 128. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 132. D.A. Points
  • 137. Jonas Blixt
  • 138. David Hearn
  • 142. Kevin Chappell
  • 144. Chris Kirk
  • 148. Billy Mayfair
  • 150. Andres Romero
  • 153. Stewart Cink
  • 156. Blake Adams
  • 157. Bill Lunde
  • 162. Henrik Stenson
  • 164. Camilo Villegas
  • 170. Heath Slocum
  • 172. James Driscoll
  • 175. Danny Lee
  • 177. Marc Leishman
  • 178. Ken Duke
  • 179. J.J. Killeen
  • 181. Erik Compton
  • 184. Chris Couch
  • 185. Greg Owen
  • 190. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 201. Marco Dawson
  • 203. Nick O'Hern
  • 204. Brendan Steele
  • 208. Dicky Pride
  • 210. Ben Curtis
  • 214. John Merrick
  • 215. Miguel Angel Carballo
  • 219. Mark Anderson
  • 226. J.J. Henry
  • 227. Roberto Castro
  • 231. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 233. Vaughn Taylor
  • 236. Chris DiMarco
  • 239. Will Claxton
  • 240. Jason Kokrak
  • 246. Tom Gillis
  • 248. Anthony Kim
  • 249. D.J. Trahan
  • 251. Martin Flores
  • 252. Nathan Green
  • 255. Jason Bohn
  • 259. Kyle Reifers
  • 270. Garth Mulroy
  • 275. Kevin Kisner
  • 285. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 287. Stephen Ames
  • 292. Joe Ogilvie
  • 293. Hunter Haas
  • 299. Scott Stallings
  • 302. Cameron Beckman
  • 308. Sunghoon Kang
  • 310. Billy Hurley III
  • 311. Troy Kelly
  • 315. Troy Matteson
  • 328. Tom Pernice Jr.
  • 329. Mathew Goggin
  • 345. David Mathis
  • 351. Tommy Biershenk
  • 354. Steve Flesch
  • 357. Colt Knost
  • 362. Bobby Gates
  • 379. Jeff Maggert
  • 395. Rocco Mediate
  • 401. Richard H. Lee
  • 407. Tommy Gainey
  • 427. Arjun Atwal
  • 448. Stuart Appleby
  • 457. Daniel Summerhays
  • 460. Ryuji Imada
  • 489. Matt Bettencourt
  • 512. Edward Loar
  • 522. Angel Cabrera
  • 545. Brendon Todd
  • 552. Jamie Lovemark
  • 599. Patrick Sheehan
  • 602. Nick Flanagan
  • 607. Kyle Thompson
  • 615. Gavin Coles
  • 617. Derek Lamely
  • 623. Scott Brown
  • 708. Stephen Gangluff
  • 713. David Duval
  • 870. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Frank Adams
  • N/R. Charlie Beljan
  • N/R. Bryan Bigley
  • N/R. Tim Clark
  • N/R. Hank Kuehne
  • N/R. Rick Lewallen
  • N/R. Patrick Reed
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