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You Oughta Know: Rory, Phil headline Wells Fargo

May 3, 2016

Several players will make their first starts since the Masters as the PGA Tour heads to Quail Hollow. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the Wells Fargo Championship.

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion. He won last year by seven strokes after he blitzed Quail Hollow with a third-round 61. The world No. 3 is the only two-time winner of the Wells Fargo.

• McIlroy won in his first start at Quail Hollow (2010), and it’s no surprise he owns several records since making his debut. He has the lowest scoring average (69.32), he’s made the most birdies/eagles (121) and McIlroy has five rounds of 66 or better.

• McIlroy will celebrate his 27th birthday on Wednesday. His 11 PGA Tour wins are the most of any player currently younger than 30. Jason Day (28) has nine wins, and Jordan Spieth (22) has seven wins.

• Mickelson also has a great record at Quail Hollow, but he has yet to win in Charlotte. His cumulative score to par of 87 under is nearly 30 strokes better than any other player in this tournament’s history. McIlroy is second but has only been playing this event since 2010.

• Mickelson has 19 career rounds in the 60s at Quail Hollow. That is four more than any other player (Jim Furyk has 15).

• Lefty is second on Tour this season in scoring average, trailing only Adam Scott, who is also in the field this week:

Adam Scott: 69.63
Phil Mickelson: 69.71
Rickie Fowler: 69.83
Justin Rose: 69.93
Jordan Spieth: 69.93

• Rickie Fowler, the champion in 2012, leads the Tour in the all-around stats ranking. He’s also near the top in several key categories:

Par 4 scoring: T-1
Top 10s: T-3
Scoring average: 3rd
G.I.R.: 5th
Birdie average: 8th

Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson are both in the field. They lead the Tour this season in top-10 finishes:

Patrick Reed: 8
Dustin Johnson: 6
Rickie Fowler: 5
Ryan Moore: 5
Kevin Na: 5
Brandt Snedeker: 5

• Johnson has the longest active streak of seasons with a victory on the PGA Tour:

Dustin Johnson: 8
Justin Rose: 6
Zach Johnson: 4

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department)

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