Brian Harman won last year's Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina but will defend his title at a different course this week.
The left-hander scored a one-shot victory over fellow Americans Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez at Eagle Point Golf Club 12 months ago as the tournament moved venues to allow usual host course, Quail Hollow, to be prepared for that summer's US PGA Championship.
The event returns to Quail Hollow this time and Harman hopes he can challenge again.
"I'm excited. I thought the course here played great for the PGA Championship. It's in great shape," he said.
Comparing the two venues, he noted: "You know, they're not terribly dissimilar. They both require you to drive it pretty well. Big, undulated greens.
"This course has kind of lent itself to the longer hitter, but creativity and good putting take you a long way here.
"It's not a coincidence that Patrick Reed played very well here and very well at Augusta. He's very talented around the greens with his putter and has really good touch and you have to be really good here as well as Augusta.
"It's certainly a golf course fit for a major and the field this year would suggest the same, so it's going to be a big tournament this year. I think everyone's really looking forward to it."
Harman was tied 13th in the US PGA at Quail Hollow in August and also tied 10th when it hosted this event in 2013 so he can compete well there.
He's currently 18th in this year's FedEx Cup standings after five top 10s.
Harman is 60/1 to win the Wells Fargo Championship, for which Rory McIlroy is 15/2, Justin Thomas 10/1, Rickie Fowler 11/1, Jason Day 20/1 and Reed 22/1.
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