Experts' Picks: Quail Hollow

May, 4, 2011

Each week during the PGA Tour season, our panel of experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories below: Birdie Buster, Horse for the Course, Super Sleeper and Winner.

This week's tournament: The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

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Birdie Buster: Bubba Watson
He comes to Quail Hollow having won last week in New Orleans, which gives him three victories in the last 10 months and a playoff loss at the PGA Championship. Watson has risen to No. 10 in the world.

Horse for the Course: Phil Mickelson
Lefty has never won at Quail Hollow, but he sure seems to like the course, with five top-10 finishes in seven appearances, including a runner-up to Rory McIlroy last year.

Super Sleeper: Webb Simpson
The tough-luck playoff loser to Bubba Watson in New Orleans, Simpson posted his second runner-up finish, this one marred by a rules violation that cost him a stroke on the back nine. Perhaps the golf gods owe him one.

Winner: Martin Kaymer
The former No. 1 has been quiet since ascending to the top spot in February and then losing it back to Lee Westwood two weeks ago. But after a disappointing Masters, he rebounded to finish ninth in Malaysia and appears poised to get back on track. senior golf editor Kevin Maguire

Birdie Buster: Martin Kaymer
Kaymer has played only once since missing the cut at the Masters, and the German has his eye on retaking that No. 1 spot in the world rankings.

Horse for the Course: Rory McIlroy
The Northern Irishman had 12 3s on his card in the final round last year en route to a course-record 62 and his first PGA Tour victory. He won't duplicate that effort, but he doesn't need to in order to contend for win No. 2.

Super Sleeper: Ricky Barnes
He's getting a reputation as a guy who plays tough courses really well, and Quail Hollow was the fourth hardest non-major course on tour last year.

Winner: Webb Simpson
If there are golf gods -- and who doesn't think they exist? -- Simpson notches that maiden PGA Tour win this week in Charlotte after a bad, yet accurately applied, ruling spoiled his chances last week in New Orleans.





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