Wells Fargo Championship Preview: How to watch and who to watch

PGA | Must-Haves | Wells Fargo Championship

PGA | Must-Haves | Wells Fargo Championship

And there is no escaping the feeling that big-time golf action is also back after a post-Masters lull. He finished T28 at the WGC-Bridgestone, then made the cut in his first appearance at Quail Hollow as he finished T61 at the PGA Championship.

To understand the situation is to understand John Peterson, your leader by two strokes at -6 following Thursday's opening round at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The Northern Irishman clinched his first PGA Tour victory at Quail Hollow in 2010, while American Justin Thomas last August captured his first major on the same course. I just need to hit fairways because the course is really long. There may well be a Masters hangover, but it is just as likely that, filled with confidence, he picks up exactly where he left off - and don't bet against the PGA Tour engineering the draw to ensure that he and McIlroy are playing together again for the first two rounds.

After a disappointing Masters result for McIlroy, the 29-year-old will be eager to put his poor final round at Augusta behind him.

Tiger Woods tees off at 12:50 p.m. with playing partners Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka. He closed strong at The Masters to finish T19. The greens aren't quite as fast as I remember but they are more hard.

Only four courses - Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, Riviera and Pinehurst No. 2 - have held majors and tour events in the same year.

And so that brings us nicely to this week's edition of the Wells Fargo, and five long-priced sleepers who could well claim the "W".

There have been plenty of changes at Quail Hollow down the years but the fundamental character remains the same and I do think past course form is significant.

Not that a fifth in a Major, coming on the back of a win at Bay Hill on his previous strokeplay outing, is terribly wrong at all. Simpson also has history at the Wells Fargo Championship, as he's finished fourth or better here twice since 2012, which includes a runner-up finish in 2015. He doesn't have much win equity, but he has missed the cut just once in his last 20 events. What I thought was speed was not-it was slow motion.

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"I played through his glory years and was lucky to watch first-hand how good he was, and he hasn't lost any of that talent". However, Day has all of the tools to excel at this event and a pair of top-10 finishes at this course should inspire confidence. He finished two ahead of Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Francesco Molinari.

Remember that in 2017 this tournament was not played at Quail Hollow.

RORY MCILROY GOT off to a promising start as he bids to celebrate his birthday with a Quail Hollow hat-trick.

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