This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
Eight years into writing about fantasy golf, there haven't been many weeks that were unenjoyable. Check that – they have all been enjoyable – but they have been least enjoyable when I whiff*. Of course, with 40-plus golf tournaments a year, there are many whiffs, no matter how good your speculating skills are. But when you go on the radio and the Internet and they ask, "Who are you fading?" and you name one guy, and it's a guy some other people like, and then that guys wins …
Well, last week that guy was Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy hadn't won in 18 months, hadn't been as low as his No. 15 world ranking in more than a decade, and hadn't even sniffed a Saturday in two months. But all that was washed away across four brilliant days of golf at Quail Hollow Club, where McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship for a third time.
That's part of the Monday morning quarterbacking – the warning sign about winning at Quail Hollow twice before. There's always the push and pull of current form vs. course history. McIlroy's course history was notable, as great as his current form was bad.
For much of the past 18 months, McIlroy was simply playing bad by his standards – contending here and there, some near misses, top-10s and top-20s, the stuff most pros would sever an artery for. But then he started missing cuts at big events – three of them, at Riviera, THE PLAYERS