Wells Fargo Championship: Late birdies help Jason Day secure season's second win

07 May, 2018, 06:20 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Day holds two-shot lead at Wells Fargo

Quail Hollow was softer and shorter, producing one low score after another before the final groups even started their final round in the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship.

Jason Day was forced to hit a majority of his approach shots from the rough in Saturday's round of the Wells Fargo Championship, but none were in as precarious of a spot as he was in for his final approach shot.

"You play sit there and play mental games with yourself, subconsciously saying, 'You can't do this". I definitely think it's just around the corner. "I made nothing. The chances I did have I missed them all".

Malnati carded 7-under through 36 holes; Day and Aaron Wise were tied for second. Langer had to rally from as many as four shots behind in the final round at the TPC Woodlands.

Day finished with a daring play on the 18th.

McIlroy, at three-under 210, had four birdies in a row before also bogeying the last. That tap-in birdie opened the floodgates.

"Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes, " Day said. "I just couldn't find the face". On the back nine, he started with an eagle on hole number 10 and would birdie #14 and #15.

Over his next six holes after making the turn fresh off the birdie, the Australian had four birdies and kept his monster long drives in the fairway. He'd hit just four of 12 fairways to that point, and he felt lost.

If Day was expecting a challenge from some of the other high-profile players in the field, it never came.

Going to the wicked par-4 16th, Day was reeling a bit.

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Peter Malnati waves to the crowd after his shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Now sitting at 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings, he said the goal is to get back there now healthy after an injury-riddled season previous year. "I'm driving it better than I ever have before in my career".

"I'm hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament", he said. "Luckily my short game stood the test". If he can get everything else in order, he'll surely be a factor at next week's Players Championship, where he won in 2016.

Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods finished tied-55th after a closing 74 that did not include a single birdie.

Last year's PGA Championship, which was held at Quail Hollow, left many feeling like they'd just gone 72 holes in a title bout that should have ended much earlier with a towel and an extended stay in the trainer's room.

The 30-year-old will rise to No. 2 on the Fedex Cup standings and will likely jump into the world's top 10 rankings. "You're trying to nearly get through the first six holes".

Uihlein goes off at 1:25.

Phil Mickelson (64) is five under overall, a shot ahead of fellow American star Rickie Fowler (68).

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough and I'm trending in the right direction for next week".

"I made it a little more handsy, kind of like how we used to putt when greens were so slow on public courses", Woods said.

"I'm close, " said Woods. 7, 8 and 10. The seventh and eighth holes have served Woods well this week, coming into the final round 4 under on that stretch in the first three rounds.

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