Thursday, May 05, 2011

Five Questions As The Wells Fargo Championship Begins

   Five questions as the Wells Fargo Championship begins:

  1. How much fun was it having Arnold Palmer play the pro-am?

     That will be remembered for a long time. It didn't matter that Arnie didn't finish every hole. What mattered was that he was here, wearing a pink shirt, and he's still Arnie after all these years.

  2. How tough will Quail Hollow play?

   It will be about like always. They don't set it up to be overly hard. The goal isn't to have the winner shoot 5-under par. Something about 12-under is ideal. It means fans get to see plenty of birdies and guys who play well are rewarded.

  3. What should we expect from Phil Mickelson?

   He's been off for three weeks, two of which he didn't play any golf at home or on vacation. He said he's spent some time with Dave Stockton and Dave Pelz, who work on his putting and short game, so maybe that's sharp.

    Mickelson has done almost everything but win here. Maybe this is his year.

  4. How much fun is Bryan Bigley having?

    He must be having a blast. Most weeks he's mowing greens at Raintree. This week he's driving a silver Merecedes and teeing it up against the best in the world. Making the cut should be one goal. The goal should be to soak in as much as he can from this week.

   5. Who's going to win?

    After a run of three straight young-gun winners, it may swing this year. My top three picks are:

  -- Phil Mickelson
  -- Dustin Johnson
  -- Rory McIlroy