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Golf Glance: Max Homa defends against strong Wells Fargo field

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Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Valspar Championship (Sam Burns)

THIS WEEK: Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte, N.C., May 6-9

Course: Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. (Par 71, 7,521 yards)

Purse: $8.1 million (Winner: $1.458M)

Defending Champion: Max Homa (2019)

FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

NOTES: The event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. … The field includes four of the top five players in the world: No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 3 Jon Rahm, No. 4 Xander Schauffele and No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau. … No player has successfully defended at the event, but Homa is coming off a T6 last week and has four top-10s in 18 starts this season. … The event will be played at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm in Maryland next year with the 2022 Presidents Cup being held at Quail Hollow. … Phil Mickelson will make his 17th consecutive start at the Wells Fargo. He holds the tournament record with 10 top-10 finishes. … Brendan Todd withdrew on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by J.J. Spaun. … Rickie Fowler has only two top-10s in 29 events since the start of 2020 and has fallen to 116th in the world rankings.

BEST BETS: Thomas (+900 at DraftKings) is coming off a T13 last week. His best finish in three previous event starts was a T7 in 2015, but he did win the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. … Rahm (+1000) finished fourth in his lone previous appearance in 2017. He has four consecutive top-10 finishes this year. … DeChambeau (+1500) finished fourth in 2018 after missing his first two cuts at the Wells Fargo. He has not competed since a T46 at the Masters. … Rory McIlroy (+1900) has dropped to No. 15 in the world. He tees it up for the first time since missing the cut at the Masters and is a two-time Wells Fargo champion (2010, ’15). He has five other top-10s in nine previous appearances. … Viktor Hovland (+2000) enters ranked a career-high 11th as he makes his first start at Quail Hollow. … Webb Simpson (+2000) calls Quail Hollow his home course, but has only two top-10s in 11 appearances, including the PGA.

NEXT WEEK: AT&T Byron Nelson, McKinney, Texas, May 13-16

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: HSBC Women’s World Championship (Hyo Joo Kim)

THIS WEEK: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand, May 6-9

Course: Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course (Par 72, 6,576 yards)

Purse: $1.6 million

Defending Champion: Amy Yang

Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. (All times Golf Channel).

Livestream: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m. (NBC Sports App and golfchannel.com)

NOTES: The 72-hole, no-cut event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. … Yang is a three-time champion (2015, ’17, ’19). … Three of eight winners this year are in the field: Kim, Lydia Ko (Lotte Championship) and Patty Tavatanakit (ANA Inspiration). … Ko leads the money list with $830,966 earned in 2021. … The average age of winners on tour this year is 25.25. … Korda leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 390.50 points, followed by Danielle Kang (360.50) and Jessica Korda (207.00).

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Pure Silk Championship, Williamsburg, Va., May 20-23

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Insperity Invitational (Mike Weir)

THIS WEEK: Regions Traditions, Birmingham, Ala., May 6-9

Course: Greystone Golf & Country Club, Birmingham, Ala. (Founders Course; Par 72, 7,277 yards)

Purse: $2.5 million (Winner: $360,000)

Defending Champion: Steve Stricker

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is the first major of 2021 for the Champions tour. … The event moved to Alabama in 2011 and has been held since 2016 at Greystone, where Langer won the first two times. … The event was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. … Stricker won the Chubb Classic in his most recent start on tour and has four consecutive top-5s.

NEXT WEEK: Mitsubishi Electric Classic, May 14-16

–Field Level Media

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