DFS Yahoo Golf Talk: Wells Fargo Championship

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TPC Potomac is not the normal venue for the Wells Fargo Championship but it is filling in this week.

We've seen this tight and tricky course host more than 20 pro events over the years so we know the recipe for success here.

The penalty for missing fairways is very high so we want to lean on some accurate hitters and also consider what golfers like putting on bentgrass surfaces. That go-low putting ability is what often gives a player that top 5 or podium upside.

Straight Shooters

When you look at historical leaderboards at TPC Potomac it's very clear to see how important driving accuracy is.

This course punishes errant tee balls so the straight shooters get rewarded more, relative to the average TOUR stop.

Using the NBC Sports EDGE+ Driver Tool we can find the top performers in fairways hit relative to the field, since the flip to 2022:

David Lingmerth
Brian Stuard
Chez Reavie
Martin Laird
Ryan Armour
Austin Cook
Jim Herman
Kevin Streelman
Russell Knox
Adam Long
Satoshi Kodaira
Hayden Buckley
Abraham Ancer
Joel Dahmen
Vaughn Taylor

Joel Dahmen ($30): He enters the week with cuts made in six of his last seven starts. The exception was an illness-related WD at the Corales. Finding fairways is a staple of his game so I like the idea of plopping him into Yahoo lineups this week since TPC Potomac really rewards driving it straight.

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Bentgrass Putting

The greens at TPC Potomac are A1/A4 bentgrass and prepped to run rather fast with a target stimp of 12.5 feet.

Let's take a look at who has historically caught fire with the flat stick on similar surfaces.

Here are the top performers in strokes gained putting on bentgrass greens, over the last two years:

Stephan Jaeger
Johnson Wagner
Andrew Putnam
Mackenzie Hughes
Troy Merritt
Richy Werenski
Beau Hossler
Denny McCarthy
Paul Barjon
Zach Johnson
Webb Simpson
Brian Harman
Matt Fitzpatrick
Abraham Ancer
Lanto Griffin

Troy Merritt ($29): This is probably more than you are used to spending for Merritt but he's also playing more consistently this season, compared to years past. Merritt arrives with back-to-back top 12s and can heat up the putter as fast as any,

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!