Golf betting heads to one of the biggest non-major events on the PGA Tour – the Wells Fargo Championship.
The tournament is viewed as a tuneup for The Players Championship, which is on tap for next week.
Here’s a look at the oddsmakers’ favorites to top the leaderboard in Charlotte:
Phil Mickelson +1,000
Mickelson finished second at last year’s event at Quail Hollow, shooting 11-under par for the tournament and placing just four strokes behind Rory McIlroy. Lefty has been taking some time off since a disappointing showing at Augusta last month. Mickelson went into the Masters as the favorite, having won the Houston Open the week before. However, he couldn’t find a rhythm on the course, progressively falling farther back in each round. The downtime and familiarity with Quail Hollow, where he’s finished inside the Top 5 the last two years and 12th in 2008, should help Mickelson get his groove back before The Players.
Rory McIlroy +1,200
McIlroy is the defending winner at the Wells Fargo Championship, topping last year’s leaderboard with a 15-under par, including a final-round score of 62 – which is contrary to the final-round collapse at this year’s Masters that has haunted the Irishman since April 10. But despite such a crushing outcome, McIlroy finished third at the Maybank Malaysian Open in mid-April. He has re-focused on the next big tournament at hand, The Players, and is aiming for another solid tuneup in Charlotte this week. He jumped over Tiger Woods in the World Golf Rankings this week and is sitting at No. 6 heading into North Carolina.
Martin Kaymer +1,300
Kaymer didn’t fare all too well at the Masters either, missing the cut after posting a score of 150 through the first two rounds. He appears to be back on track after a ninth-place showing at the Maybank Malaysian Open in the middle of April. Kaymer skipped last year’s Wells Fargo Championship but was at Quail Hollow in 2009, finishing 7-under par for an 11th-place showing.
Nick Watney +1,500
Watney is one of the rare Americans among the favorites at the Wells Fargo Championship. He was also one of the few Americans who took to the course following the Masters and is coming off a 20th-place showing at the Zurich Classic last week. Watney has slowed down a bit after a thunderous start to the golf season. He’s finished 13th, 46th and 20th after opening the year with five straight Top-10 finishes, including a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The California native placed 22nd in his last two trips to Quail Hollow in 2010 and 2009.