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Peterson leads crowded leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship after first round

PGA | Must-Haves | Wells Fargo Championship Fantasy Golf: Breaking down the DFS Field for the Wells Fargo Championship
| 04 May, 2018, 14:22

Last year's event was won by Harman at -10, a score good enough to edge Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by one, but it was played at Eagle Point Golf Club as Quail Hollow prepared to host the PGA. His topic was the core value of perseverance.

"Once I sort of got back into my routine, I was fine", said McIlroy.

However, McIlroy faces competition from an extremely strong field, which includes the 10/1 priced Justin Thomas who won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow a year ago. Dustin Johnson, runner-up by one shot past year at Eagle Point, is not playing. He was in contention early in the Masters and made the cut in a major for the first time since the Masters in 2015. He shot a 6 under 65 to grab the lead.

"It certainly is different", Woods said.

"It's such a learning curve out here on Tour with the golf courses and the competition and I'm just getting comfortable". Anyone who bets on these underdogs could hit it big.

"It should be a little quicker", he said.

He goes in as 8/1 favourite this week and it is hard to look past him as the likeliest victor given his love affair with the venue. We talked a few minutes. "It was nice to shut it down, reflect, analyze, sit back and try and figure out what's the best course of action going forward so I can win events". That first range ball, I had a wedge in hand and nearly shanked it, but kind of saved it last minute.


"The golf course is much harder than it used to be, that's for sure", Woods said after his pro-am round Wednesday.

"One thing that impressed me the most about Mr. Woods that you can't really tell on TV is his tempo", Hashmi said.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it a lot", Harman said Tuesday ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship. There can't be many less likely play-off pairings in golfing history than Derek Ernst and David Lynn in 2013, although James Hahn and Roberto Castro gave them a run for their money in 2016, when this was last played at Quail Hollow.

It wasn't until his phone was blown up with text messages while he was in physics class studying for exams that he found out. Rickie Fowler, up to sixth in the world after an excellent Masters performance, won this tournament in 2012 and tallied a T5 at the 2017 PGA Championship. "I was jumping around like a rabbit for the next couple of hours". Although, he had a tough time at this course in the PGA Championship, his game appears to be fit for course. Lefty is playing excellent golf, making seven consecutive cuts and winning the WGC - Mexico Championship in March. They were into it. The goal is to reach 36-hole sectional qualifying at 12 sites on June 4 (along with one in England; the other worldwide site is May 21 in Japan).

Hashmi was impressed by everything Woods did. "You swing the club, what, 129 miles an hour?"

"It's not a big deal to me because I've been working on this for months and now I can hit the ball the correct numbers and the correct shape".

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