Homa Wins Wells Fargo Championship

Homa Wins Wells Fargo Championship

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Wells Fargo Championship

Homa Wins Wells Fargo Championship

Max Homa won the Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Maryland by two shots for his fourth PGA Tour title. The 31-year-old American is the fifth player to score multiple wins on the PGA Tour this season after collecting the Fortinet Championship in September. Homa joins Rory McIlroy as the only players to win the Wells Fargo title on more than one occasion. Homa scored a three-shot victory at the event in 2019 for his maiden PGA Tour win. Keegan Bradley, Cameron Young and Matt Fitzpatrick finished two shots back in a tie for second place.

Homa began the final round two shots back from 54-hole leader Bradley. The world No. 38 produced birdies at the 1st and 5th holes to head Bradley by two shots and then held a three-shot lead over his playing partner after 12 holes. Homa dropped a shot at the 13th hole while Bradley made a birdie at the 14th hole to reduce the margin to one shot. Homa enjoyed a two-shot swing in his favour at the 15th hole when he poured in a birdie putt from 13 feet to move back to three in front. There was another birdie to bogey two-shot swing at the next hole. This time, it was Bradley making an advance on the title burying a birdie putt from nine feet to climb within one shot of Homa with two holes to play. Both players made a par at the tricky par 3, 17th hole. Homa outlasted Bradley with a par at the 72nd hole to post a final round 2-under 68 to finish at 8-under.

Bradley, Young and Fitzpatrick took a share of second place at 6-under.

Bradley, aged 35, was searching for his first PGA Tour win since 2018. The world No. 64 marked his 1000th PGA Tour round with a stunning 3-under 67 to hold the solo 54-hole lead for just the second time in his PGA Tour career. The 2011 PGA champion closed with a 2-over 72.

Young produced his third runner up performance on the PGA Tour after carding a sensational 4-under 66 on Sunday. The 25-year-old boasts four top 10s results from 16 starts this season.

Fitzpatrick complied a solid bogey-free 3-under 67 final round including a birdie at the final hole. The 27-year-old Englishman remains winless on the PGA Tour.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy signed for a final round 2-under 68 to finish the event at 4-under and in solo fifth place. The 33-year-old was looking for his fourth Wells Fargo Championship. The Northern Irishman’s special affinity with the title started when he collected his maiden PGA Tour win at this event in 2010. The four-time major winner made the cut on the number at even par. McIlroy posted a 2-under 68 on Saturday to advance 44 positions into sixth place. The stunning third round tally was one of just four under par scores returned by the field all day.

Jason Day was the only Australian to make the cut. The 34-year-old former world No.1 was searching for his first PGA Tour win since claiming the Wells Fargo four years ago. Day opened the event with a superb 63 to lead the field after 18 holes. The 2015 PGA champion carded a 67 on Friday to take a three-shot lead into the weekend. Day’s bid for his 13th PGA Tour win ended abruptly on Saturday when he scored a 9-over 79. A final round 70 gave Day a T15 finish.

The PGA Tour moves to Texas for the AT&T Bryon Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch. KH Lee is the defending champion.

Final Scores
Wells Fargo Championship

1. Max Homa -8
T2. Keegan Bradley -6
T2. Cameron Young -6
T2. Matt Fitzpatrick -6
5. Rory McIlroy -4
T6. Stephen Jaeger -3
T6. Lanto Griffin -3
T6. Anirban Lahiri -3

Australians
T15. Jason Day -1
MC. Cam Davis
MC. Matt Jones
MC. Cameron Percy
MC. Aaron Baddeley
MC. Brett Drewitt
MC. Marc Leishman

 

Photo credit: Tim Nwachukwu /Getty Images

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