Viktor Hovland’s made only one appearance at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, but he made the most of it.
At the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship, the Norwegian carded 69-72-68-67 to finish T-3rd and two shots off Rory McIlroy’s winning pace. As I’ll get to later, that’s a tough man to beat around this place.
“Yeah, I do really like it. There’s one thing I feel like, not to say anything bad about this place, but I think this place is more of kind of a driving range golf course,” Hovland was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2021.
"“The fairways are — they’re not narrow and they’re not wide, but it’s what you see, what you get. And the greens are pretty big. It’s all about just can you hit it in the center of the face or are you hitting it in bunkers and rough and you’re going to have a tough day.”"
Hovland owns three top-10s in his last five starts leading into the week. That includes T-7th at the Masters, his second consecutive top-10 in a major championship.
He still has work to do finishing off those majors, but Hovland continues to play well against the game’s best.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy’s last start was a pedestrian T-59th at the RBC Heritage, but Harbour Town isn’t a great course fit for him.
Quail Hollow shapes up much better. Hovland is seventh on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round off-the-tee (.771) and 15th in SG tee-to-green (1.15).
As he mentioned, missing fairways at Quail Hollow can be penal in spots. However, there’s no one more equipped to handle that. The 25-year-old ranks first in average proximity from the rough (34’11”).