2023 Wells Fargo Championship First Look: Time to trust Vik?

Viktor Hovland, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town,(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Viktor Hovland, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town,(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Following a week in Mexico, the PGA Tour returns to North Carolina and the famous Quail Hollow Club for the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship.

Tony Finau held off Jon Rahm and the chasing pack at the Mexico Open to claim his sixth PGA Tour win. After his win at Vidanta, the 33-year-old has now won multiple times on tour this season, he joins the company of Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, and Max Homa in that category. Finau earned his first win of the current season last November at the Cadence Bank Houston Open.

The win sees Tony climb seven spots up to number four in this season’s FedEx Cup standings. He will now turn his attention to the next designated event of the year, the Wells Fargo Championship.

As has become the norm in elevated events, the field for the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship is loaded. A good portion of the tour’s elite will make the trip to Quail Hollow. While Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler have elected to take the week off, Rory McIlroy will join Tony Finau and others in North Carolina.

McIlroy will be making his first start since a disappointing missed cut at the Masters and will likely be the favorite when betting odds are released. Max Homa returns as the defending Wells Fargo champion following his win at TPC Potomac last year, he will be looking to claim his third Wells Fargo title after also winning this event at Quail Hollow back in 2019.

Will Homa complete the Wells Fargo trifecta this week? He will certainly be a name to watch, but there are several others who stand out heading into this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.

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2023 Wells Fargo Championship First Look

Note: Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

Viktor Hovland

Hovland followed up an excellent showing in the first major of the year with a scintillating start at the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago. Viktor opened with a bogey-free 7-under 64 before fading over the weekend.

Prior to his T59 finish at the RBC, Hovland was on a run of three consecutive top-10 finishes in stroke play events. Viktor’s struggles at Harbour Town were largely due to a cold putter, in fact, he gained over three strokes on approach and was gaining strokes off the tee as well.

You have to go back to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February to find the last time that he wasn’t gaining strokes in both of those areas. Hovland finished T3 in his first and only Wells Fargo Championship appearance at Quail Hollow in 2021 and he’ll look to improve upon that this week with his overall ball-striking in excellent shape coming into this year’s event.

Viktor is someone definitely worth monitoring heading into this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.

DraftKings Odds on Monday: +2000

Sungjae Im

Sungjae Im saw Quail Hollow last September at the Presidents Cup where he compiled a 2-2-1 record for Captain Trevor Immelman’s International Team.

He returns having missed the cut here in 2021 at the Wells Fargo Championship but is coming into this week carrying excellent form. Im has finished no worse than T21 in any event since the Arnold Palmer Invitational, this includes two top-10s and two top-17 finishes in his last four stroke-play starts.

Im and best friend Keith Mitchell finished 6th in the Zurich Classic team event in the South Koreans’ last start. After a 7th place finish at the RBC Heritage in his last solo start and his strong showing at TPC Louisiana, it’s evident that Sunjae’s game is trending in the right direction and that a third PGA Tour win could be right around the corner.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising if that win came this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

DraftKings Odds on Monday: +2500

Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore continues to impress time and time again this season on the PGA Tour.

After earning his first PGA win at the Valspar Championship in March, the 29-year-old made the cut in his first Masters appearance, added an 11th-place finish at the RBC Heritage in his last solo start, and finished T4 alongside playing partner Matthew NeSmith at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The only thing that he doesn’t have going for him coming into this week is history at Quail Hollow.

Taylor played in the Wells Fargo Championship last year at TPC Potomac but he will be making his first start in this event at its traditional venue.

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Still, with solid performances at the Masters and RBC Heritage in his first appearance at those locales, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him put in another strong showing in his debut at Quail Hollow.

He is having a terrific season and I’ll be interested to see where his odds open on Monday.

DraftKings Odds on Monday: +8000