Winners and Losers from Wells Fargo Championship: A Fan's Reaction

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Rickie Fowler won his first PGA event in thrilling fashion. He held off Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a playoff to win the Wells Fargo Championship. The tournament featured a stellar field, so Fowler's victory is no small feat. He now has some momentum heading into the Players Championship. Fowler was clearly a winner at the Wells Fargo Championship. However, other golfers made big impressions.

Here is a look at some winners and losers from the Wells Fargo Championship:

Winner - Rory McIlroy

The youngster was sharp throughout the tournament. McIlroy waited a little too long to make his move in the final round and that might have cost him a win. However, he earned another top-three finish in 2012 at this event. McIlroy looks to be a major threat entering the Players Championship, a tournament he didn't play in in 2011.

Loser - Tiger Woods

What can you say about Woods? He missed the cut in his first tournament since flaming out at the Masters. It was the usual scene for the owner of 14 major titles. He had a series of sloppy shots to go along with a number of missed putts. A 73 in the second round was enough to cut his tournament short. Now he will face many more questions about his game before the Players Championship.

Winner - Webb Simpson

Simpson finished second on the money list in 2011 and was thought to be a rising star. After a relatively quiet run so far this year, Simpson had a great effort at Quail Hollow. He finished in fourth place at this tournament and made sure that everyone knew he was still a factor. This could be the start of a nice push for him during the summer.

Loser - Keegan Bradley

The 2011 PGA Champion missed the cut at Quail Hollow. Bradley has looked very up and down so far in 2012. This was a chance for him to build some positive momentum. Instead he failed to make it to the weekend. He needs to turn things around soon if he wants to remain a big player on the PGA Tour.

Winner - Ben Curtis

Curtis was all but forgotten after winning the British Open in 2003. That is changing in a big way given his play in the last few tournaments. He finished in a tie for fifth at Quail Hollow. He finished just outside the top 10 at the Zurich Classic the previous week and won the week before that. Those are three nice finishes for a guy that is looking to reclaim some glory. He will be a hot name heading into the Players Championship.

* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.

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