Wells Fargo Championship Tips: Each-way selections for the Quail Hollow quandary

We haven't seen Jonas Blixt since the Masters - has he retained his Augusta form?

It was a frustrating week for the betting.betfair golf team last week with some big-price selections just missing out on a place finish in China. But fear not, with six places available at Quail Hollow this week the guys are confident of getting back in the money...

"The 2011 tournament winner, Glover's Quail Hollow record is undeniably good with a runners-up spot, fourth place and 10th since 2004."

Joe Dyer: Back Lucas Glover @ 126.0125/1


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 6 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Jonas Blixt @ 51.050/1

This week is our first sighting of Jonas Blixt since his oh-so-impressive second place finish at the Masters last month. That was the Swede's second Major top five in succession and a performance that gave him a very realistic chance of making this year's European Ryder Cup team. Blixt missed the cut at Quail Hollow last year when out of form but hit the top 10 on his debut in the event in 2012; this week looks a fine opportunity to follow up his excellent Masters performance on a course he can clearly play well.


Joe Dyer: Back Lucas Glover @ 126.0125/1

Simon Dyson - what a tease! My 66-1 each-way pick last week held the first round lead at the Volvo China Open and flitted around the top 10 throughout only to end up one birdie shy of the places. That is the nature of the game of course, so we accept it and move on and this week I'm playing massive odds with Lucas Glover, available to back at 125-1. That is a chunky price for a former tournament winner but it accurately reflects the 2009 US open champion's current form with just six cuts made from 11 tournaments. The 34-year-old has never been ultra-consistent though - he won this tournament in 2011 on the back of three successive missed cuts - and his Quail Hollow record is undeniably good with a runners-up spot, fourth place and 10th since 2004. A South Carolina man, this is Glover's local tournament and one he loves so I'm happy to chance him at a big price this week. 


Steve Rawlings: Back Ben Martin @ 81.080/1

It would be very easy to dismiss Ben Martin out of hand for the Wells Fargo Championship following last week's poor weekend performance at the Zurich Classic, but that might not be a wise move. Hot on the heels of a PGA Tour best finish of third at the RBC Heritage the week before, Martin shot 62 last Thursday to break the course record at the Zurich and he also set the halfway record score of 15-under-par before a poor weekend saw him slip to 15th. Ordinarily, I'd avoid someone who collapsed so poorly, one week after a high finish, but I'm happy to side with Martin for a number of reasons. His coach is based at this week's host course and Martin has played here regularly. Changes to the greens are also in his favour so I'm going to chance him at a decent price and hope he's not mentally drained. 


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Kevin Na @ 51.050/1

If taking a view that a player is on the up, one should always be prepared to ignore a single bad result so Kevin Na gets a chance to redeem his poor show at The Heritage. Previously he'd been in stellar form with six top-20s from eight starts, including a narrow defeat at Copperhead. Na has been competitive at Quail Hollow before, finishing fifth in 2012 and 14th a year earlier, and won't mind the switch to Bermuda greens at all. The best scramblers always tend to do well here and Na tops that PGA Tour statistic over the past 12 months.


Mike Norman: Back Rickie Fowler @ 34.033/1

Although frustrating, it was no surprise to see last week's 200/1 selection Adrian Otaegui fall away on the final day in China. A downside to backing young non-winners in golf is knowing that inexperience will usually get the better of a player when a chance to win arrives. But the Spaniard will learn from the experience and he remains a player to keep an eye on. Although still young, Rickie Fowler has served his apprentice on the PGA Tour and is a player capable of taking top honours in golf. His only win in America remains this tournament two years ago and that followed a sixth place finish here a few years earlier. Fowler has been in much better form this season and the extra yardage added to Quail Hollow should be right up his street as we know that the tougher a course plays the more likely the American is to feature come Sunday afternoon. At 33/1 to back he looks a solid each-way candidate.


1. Dan Geraghty: +£573.75
2. Joe Dyer: +£195.00
3. Steve Rawlings: +£93.75
4. Paul Krishnamurty: -£36.25
5. Mike Norman: -£110.00

Overall: +£716.25

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