Tiger back for Wells Fargo looking to build

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"(The Wells Fargo) was extremely gratifying just because it had been been so long and I had been playing really well and knocking on the door.

"I grinded really well", Hatton said.

"I just don't enjoy the travel out here very much", he said.

"I played a lot of golf heading into Augusta, more golf than I thought I would be able to play", he said. I feel like I've done pretty well in match play, and it's definitely on my radar. "That's what I've wanted to do this year".

McIlroy's fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell tees off at 6pm BST while Tiger Woods also plays his first tournament since the Masters, teeing off at 5.50pm BST. He had a tight match against eventual victor Bubba Watson until losing on the 17th hole.

"I was like, 'Why am I playing courses the same when I'm playing my best versus when I'm not playing well?'" Thomas said.

He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Eagle Point in Wilmington to beat Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. Oh yeah, and there's that Tiger Woods guy, who won here in 2007 and despite a so-so Masters performance has shown signs of nearing a win over the last couple of months. My second reason is that he's the only one of the three to have won at the newly-renovated Quail Hollow.

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"I've had a nice year, a bunch of top 10s", Harman said.

Lowry comes into the tournament fresh from a solid outing alongside fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington in the unique Zurich Classic two-man team event last week. Also playing late was PGA champion Justin Thomas, with a chance to reach No. 1 in the world.

Fowler is an in-form course victor but it's hard to trust him to deliver as a sports betting pick to win the Wells Fargo Championship outright based on his overall lack of victories.

The world number seven claimed his first PGA Tour event here eight years ago, coming from way off the pace with a closing 62 to beat Phil Mickelson by four shots. That course, while similarly long and just as pure, does not play like Quail Hollow, however. The last player to do that was Jack Nicklaus.

A birdie at the 16th extended his advantage, before McIlroy drained a 40-footer at the last to complete a course record-breaking round of 62 and see him become the youngest PGA Tour victor since Tiger Woods. Outside of majors he strategically builds his schedule around where he plays best: Torrey Pines, Riviera, Bay Hill. Three major championships, starting with the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, are played in a nine-week span.

Romo failed for the second straight year to advance out of 18-hole local qualifying, which began Monday.

The American mixed those two eagles with three birdies and just one bogey to hold a two-shot advantage. The goal is to reach 36-hole sectional qualifying at 12 sites on June 4 (along with one in England; the other worldwide site is May 21 in Japan). That being said, we expect Phil to make a turnaround from the disappointment of last year's PGA showing and this year's Masters, and turn that disappointment into vengeance. Cameron Champ was among 21 players who made it through both qualifiers past year.