Quail Hollow - History in the Making?
Quail Hollow host golfs final major of the year. We could potentially see history if Jordan Spieth manages to win the tournament he will become only the 6th golfer in history to achieve the “Career Grand Slam”.
He will join illustrious greats of the game such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen. Notably Spieth would become the youngest player in history to achieve this accolade.
The question is will this put even more pressure onto the young Texan’s shoulders?
Quail Hollow Course Changes
A PGA tournament has not been played at Quail Hollow since May 2016. Since then the course has undergone numerous changes in preparation for hosting the 2017 USPGA Championship.
The main changes have affected holes 1, 2, 5 and 11. Hole 1 is now actually an amalgamation of the old holes 1 and 2 and is now a monster 540 yard par 4 to start with. The new 2nd hole is now a par 3.
The other major change that all the golfers will have to contend with is on the greens at Quail Hollow. The club have replaced their old greens with a new type of grass called Bermuda Grass. This is slightly faster and more truer than their previous greens.
Quail Hollow Potential Winners?
The bookmakers have all the usual suspects at the top of the market.
Rory McIlroy has a phenomenal record at this course. He has 2 wins and a play-off loss when competing in the Wells Fargo at this course. His scoring average over the last 10 years at this course is 69.3 which is 0.5 better than the rest of the field. However I think single digit odds are way too skinny for someone who has not won a tournament this year.
We have already spoken about Jordan Spieth and I just feel that unless he gets a good start then the pressure may get to him.
Rickie Fowler is another golfer who has a decent record at Quail Hollow. He was the player who defeated McIlroy in a play off at Quail Hollow in 2012. He has been performing consistently on the PGA tour this year and it is surely only a matter of time before he sheds his “yet to win a major” tag.
Hideki Matsuyama comes here on the back of his 2nd PGA tournament win. He tied the course record at Firestone Country Club with a final round 61 to win by 5 clear shots so comes here high in confidence.
Tip of the Day
My tip to win the tournament may appear a little left field. I am tipping up BRANDEN GRACE (ew 8 PLACES).
In the last 2 USPGA tournaments he placed 3rd and 4th and has had 5 top 6 finishes in the last 10 major golf championships. This shows a golfer who handles pressure well. Added to that his 62 at Birkdale last month!!
BRANDEN GRACE AVAILABLE AT 66/1 GENERALLY (EW TERMS VARY ACCORDING TO BOOKMAKER)