Power Rankings: Top Picks to Win the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

Published 05/04/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Mar 12, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Jon Rahm plays his shot from the eighth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 Wells Fargo Championship returns to the PGA Tour after being canceled last year. This implies that 2019 winner Max Homa will defend his crown at the Quail Hollow Club this year against a field of 150+ players. Who are the early favorites to win the tournament? 

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The chances of winning the Wells Fargo Championship in 2021 just got a lot harder. The Valspar Championship just ended last week and a lot of players who competed there are also playing at Quail Hollow Club. This packed schedule offers very little time to rest in between tournaments. 

The par 71 Quail Hollow Club course is no easy layout to master. It is the longest par-71 course on the PGA Tour and presents a plethora of challenges to the players. However, the star-studded field will find every way to overcome these daunting holes. 

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Top five picks to win 2021 Wells Fargo Championship

The Wells Fargo Championship will see the Top two players in the FedExCup standings compete for the title this year. Furthermore, a few multiple-major champions are also a part of the field, which simply adds to the excitement. 

Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the top five players expected to win at Quail Hollow Club this year:

5. Will Zalatoris: The 24-year-old being picked as an early favorite has got everyone losing their minds. Will Zalatoris defied everyone’s logic at the 2021 Masters with his impeccable accuracy. He can certainly do the same and achieve a Top 3 finish at the Wells Fargo Championship with similar performance.

4. Rory McIlroy: Yes, he’s not been good in recent events. Rory McIlroy is struggling with his swing, but the Wells Fargo Championship is the ideal event for him to make a comeback. McIlroy is the only two-time winner of the event, and one should keep an eye on his this year.

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3. Bryson DeChambeau: The 2020 U.S. Open winner has been quiet on the tour since a disappointing campaign at the Masters. The tour’s leading striker finished fourth when he played at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship and has a solid chance this year.

2. Justin Thomas: Justin Thomas is currently in terrific form. He finished T13 at the Valspar Championship and enter the Wells Fargo Championship on the back of that run. Thomas is now the FedEx Cup leader and would look to put a solid performance to hold onto that place.

1. Jon Rahm: The Spaniard has been one of the more consistent players on the tour this year. Rahm has nine Top 10 finishes in 13 starts this year ( leads PGA Tour). Rahm took a break after the Zurich Classic and is the early favorite to win the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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