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Wells Fargo Championship | Tournament Preview
POTOMAC, Maryland - Three-time Wells Fargo Championship winner and defending champion Rory McIlroy seeks his first successful title defense on Tour. McIlroy, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, has played in 13 TOUR events to date as the defending champion and has finished in the Top-5 twice (4th/2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, T-4/2016 Wells Fargo Championship).
The Wells Fargo Championship is one of four Tour events at which McIlroy has collected multiple victories and the only one that he has won three or more times.
Wells Fargo Championship - 2010, 2015, 2021
TOUR Championship - 2016, 2019
Deutsche Bank Championship - 2012, 2016
PGA Championship - 2012, 2014
Two players have successfully defended titles on Tour this season (Viktor Hovland/World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, and Sam Burns/Valspar Championship). The last player to win the same tournament back-to-back at two different courses was Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship (2018, 2019).
Denny McCarthy, who grew up in nearby Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Georgetown Prep, will play his version of a home game this week. McCarthy has two Top-10s in 18 starts this season and missed the cut in his only prior Tour appearance at TPC Potomac (2018).
Wells Fargo | Tournament Facts
COURSE: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
YARDS/PAR: 7,160 yards/Par 70
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $9,000,000/$1,620,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Rory McIlroy
FEDEx CUP Points to Winner: 500
TV COVERAGE: The first two rounds (today and May 6) are scheduled for coverage from 2:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage is set for 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 3:00 to 6:00pm (ET) on CBS.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage will be featured on ESPN-Plus today and Friday with Main Feed, Featured Hole and Featured Groups from 6:45am to 6:00pm (ET). Weekend times include ESPN+ streaming from 7:00am to 6:00pm (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship with today’s and Friday’s broadcasts from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm (ET). Saturday and Sunday coverage on Sirius XM Radio runs from 1:00 to 6:00pm (ET) or completion of event. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATourCom.
Wells Fargo Championship | The Basics:
Wells Fargo Tee Times start today at 6:50am (ET) and go to 2:22pm (ET).
Weather: Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and 75-degree temps. There’ll be a 20% chance of rain and winds low in 7 mph range. Afternoon thunderstorms in the works for Friday and Saturday.
Tournament Web Site: (link)
FedEx Cup Standings: (link)
PGA Tour Brunch will post before 8:00am (ET) on Friday.
Next Week: AT&T Byron Nelson Classic
Wells Fargo - Field and Tee Times:
The Field: (link)
Erik van Rooyen WD / Ryan Blaum in
Mito Pereira WD / Jonathan Byrd in
Nick Hardy WD / Ben Martin in*
Kevin Chappell in (sponsor exemption)
Bryson Nimmer in (sponsor exemption)
Davis Riley WD / Kevin Chappell in*
Turk Pettit in (sponsor exemption)
Pat Perez WD / Tommy Gainey in
Seung-Yul Noh WD / Aaron Baddeley in
Tee Times: (link)
What They’re Saying:
McIlroy Soaking Up the Good Vibes - (PGATourCom)
Webb Simpson with a Different Road for Tournament (Golf Week/USA Today)
How to Watch the Wells Fargo Championship - (PGATourCom)
FedExCup Standings (PGATourCom)
Sports Gambling, Daily Fantasy & Industry News:
Seven Picks for Wells Fargo Championship - (Action Network)
Expert Picks at Wells Fargo - (PGATourCom)
Sleeper Picks at Wells Fargo - (PGATourCom)
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