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Golf Glance: Max Homa defends against strong Wells Fargo field

Field Level Media
05 May 2021, 05:40 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Valspar Championship (Sam Burns)

THIS WEEK: Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte, N.C., May 6-9

Course: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. (Par 71, 7,521 yards)

Purse: $8.1 million (Winner: $1.458M)

Defending Champion: Max Homa (2019)

FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

NOTES: The event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... The field includes four of the top five players in the world: No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 3 Jon Rahm, No. 4 Xander Schauffele and No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau. ... No player has successfully defended at the event, but Homa is coming off a T6 last week and has four top-10s in 18 starts this season. ... The event will be played at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm in Maryland next year with the 2022 Presidents Cup being held at Quail Hollow. ... Phil Mickelson will make his 17th consecutive start at the Wells Fargo. He holds the tournament record with 10 top-10 finishes. ... Brendan Todd withdrew on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by J.J. Spaun. ... Rickie Fowler has only two top-10s in 29 events since the start of 2020 and has fallen to 116th in the world rankings.

BEST BETS: Thomas (900 at DraftKings) is coming off a T13 last week. His best finish in three previous event starts was a T7 in 2015, but he did win the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. ... Rahm (1000) finished fourth in his lone previous appearance in 2017. He has four consecutive top-10 finishes this year. ... DeChambeau (1500) finished fourth in 2018 after missing his first two cuts at the Wells Fargo. He has not competed since a T46 at the Masters. ... Rory McIlroy (1900) has dropped to No. 15 in the world. He tees it up for the first time since missing the cut at the Masters and is a two-time Wells Fargo champion (2010, '15). He has five other top-10s in nine previous appearances. ... Viktor Hovland (2000) enters ranked a career-high 11th as he makes his first start at Quail Hollow. ... Webb Simpson (2000) calls Quail Hollow his home course, but has only two top-10s in 11 appearances, including the PGA.

NEXT WEEK: ATT Byron Nelson, McKinney, Texas, May 13-16

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: HSBC Women's World Championship (Hyo Joo Kim)

THIS WEEK: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, May 6-9

Course: Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course (Par 72, 6,576 yards)

Purse: $1.6 million

Defending Champion: Amy Yang

Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. (All times Golf Channel).

Livestream: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. (NBC Sports App and golfchannel.com)

NOTES: The 72-hole, no-cut event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... Yang is a three-time champion (2015, '17, '19). ... Three of eight winners this year are in the field: Kim, Lydia Ko (Lotte Championship) and Patty Tavatanakit (ANA Inspiration). ... Ko leads the money list with $830,966 earned in 2021. ... The average age of winners on tour this year is 25.25. ... Korda leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 390.50 points, followed by Danielle Kang (360.50) and Jessica Korda (207.00).

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Pure Silk Championship, Williamsburg, Va., May 20-23

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Insperity Invitational (Mike Weir)

THIS WEEK: Regions Traditions, Birmingham, Ala., May 6-9

Course: Greystone Golf Country Club, Birmingham, Ala. (Founders Course; Par 72, 7,277 yards)

Purse: $2.5 million (Winner: $360,000)

Defending Champion: Steve Stricker

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is the first major of 2021 for the Champions tour. ... The event moved to Alabama in 2011 and has been held since 2016 at Greystone, where Langer won the first two times. ... The event was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... Stricker won the Chubb Classic in his most recent start on tour and has four consecutive top-5s.

NEXT WEEK: Mitsubishi Electric Classic, May 14-16

--Field Level Media

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