Throughout much of his career, playing the Wells Fargo Championship wasn’t in the cards for Matt Fitzpatrick. He’s never played it at Quail Hollow, with his only appearance on property coming at the 2017 PGA Championship where he missed the cut.
Fitzy’s long been one of the shorter hitters, which is tough at one of the longer courses on the PGA Tour schedule.
Now that he’s added distance, as well as the Wells Fargo Championship becoming a designated event, Fitzpatrick’s in attendance.
The 28-year-old ranks a solid 54th in average driving distance (303.9 yards), up from the 100s in recent seasons.
Some injury issues have harmed his approach play statistics, but last season he was 48th in strokes gained per round on approach (.28).
His short game is still sharp as ever, sitting 20th in SG around-the-green (.348).
Fitzpatrick has a way of getting out of jams, as evidenced by ranking 11th in average proximity from the rough (40’6”).
After some poor play earlier in the season, the Northwestern product put it together for a win last month at the RBC Heritage.
Fitzpatrick outdueled Jordan Spieth in a playoff, while also holding off contenders in regulation like Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Fitzpatrick and younger brother, Alex, teamed up for T-19th the next week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
With a week off after that, I like Fitzy to be refreshed and keep the momentum going as he awaits his U.S. Open title defense in a month.