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PGA Tour Expert Picks: Wells Fargo Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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The Players Championship is just around the corner but first a pit stop in Charlotte, NC for the Wells Fargo Championship. Let's take a look at what to expect this week.

Locale

The Wells Fargo Championship is played at Quail Hollow which used to host the Kemper Open and has been the home for the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003.

Isn't this the place..

Yep, last year's tournament had some of the worst greens you'll ever see.

Details

The tournament will take place May 1-4 and the purse is $6.9 million. You can watch on Thursday and Friday (May 1-2) on Golf Channel from 3-7 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2:30 PM on Golf Channel and from 3-6 PM on CBS.

You can also watch the simulcast on CBSSports.com on Saturday and Sunday as well as featured holes on Thursday and Friday from 8 AM-6 PM and featured groups on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM-6 PM.

All times Eastern

Participants and odds

Rory McIlroy: 7-1
Phil Mickelson: 14-1
Lee Westwood: 16-1
Justin Rose: 18-1
Jim Furyk: 25-1
Rickie Fowler: 25-1
Jimmy Walker: 28-1
Zach Johnson: 33-1
Hunter Mahan: 40-1
Ryan Moore: 40-1
Webb Simpson: 40-1
Bill Haas: 50-1

Former champions

2013 -- Derek Ernst
2012 -- Rickie Fowler
2011 -- Lucas Glover
2010 -- Rory McIlroy
2009 -- Sean O'Hair

Expert picks

Winner

Rory McIlroy (7-1): I don't even care. I just want a Rory-Phil mid-60s duel over the weekend. This season has lacked the oomph of years gone by and a shootout between stars No. 2 and No. 3 on the popularity power rankings could give it the boost it needs going into the Players Championship.

Lock for top 10

Ryan Moore (40-1): Moore has top 10s each of his last two outings here and he's had a sneaky good season. Seven top 25s, four top 10s, and a win so far in the 2013-2014 season. I bet you didn't know he had been that consistent all year. I'd be shocked if he missed the cut or finished outside the top 25 at least.

Sleeper

George McNeill (80-1): Who? Hey, humor me. The Florida State alum has top 20s in five of his last six outings, including two top 10s. He also has three top 20s in his last five appearances at this course. At 80-1 he'd certainly be less of a surprise than the 1,207th-ranked Ernst last season.

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