Wells Fargo Championship. James Hahn Play-Off Winner.

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James Hahn was the play-off winner of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

James Hahn celebrates after defeating Roberto Castro in a playoff during the final round of the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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James and Roberto Castro were tied at the top after 72 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship, both with -9 under par totals. James carded a -2 under 70 final round and Roberto -1 under 71, to reach the play-off, which was on the par four 18th, where Roberto unfortunately found water off the tee, leaving James to take the win with a par.

He was helped on the way by sinking 51-foot putt drop in for eagle on the par five 7th hole.

Justin Rose finished in third place at -8 under, following his last round -1 under 71.

Tied together in fourth place were Andrew Loupe, -1 under 71 today, and the considerable presence of Phil Mickelson with a marvelous final round of -6 under 66, Rory McIlroy, also -6 under 66, and Rickie Fowler, who could not get the job done after starting the day with the lead, he shot +2 over par 74.

Looks like Phil, and Rory have found something, coming right leading up to The Players, while Rickie still has some thinking to do to defend his title.

Rory has accepted he has to change his ways here;

“I’ve always felt that it was a golf course that handcuffed me a little bit. The things that give me an advantage over some of the field, you know, they don’t really give me an advantage here. ” 

“So the first few years I was quite stubborn and still trying to take on a lot of things instead of accepting the fact that I’m going to have to play the course the way everyone else plays it.”

“If I’m going to beat them, I have to beat them with approach shots and good wedge play and putting.”

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy each shot 6-under 66 in the final round at Quail Hollow Club. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

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Wells Fargo Championship. Ricky Fowler Leads.

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Ricky,  who got his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, took the top spot on the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a third round -4 under par 68, giving him a -9 under par total and a one shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky says he now knows how to win a title;

“I would say before it was maybe not the complete belief or knowledge of knowing what to do and how to win to get the job done.”

“But now it’s fun to go out there and go take care of business.”

Roberto Castro is in second place at -8 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 keeping him in touch with the leader.

Roberto bogeyed the 18th hole, but still thinks he can win his first ever PGA Tour event

“If you want to win a tournament out here and really win a marquee event like this one, you’re going to have to grab your hat and play with one of the top five players in the world probably the final round.”

 “So that’s what I’ve got tomorrow so I’m excited about it.”

Sharing third position are Justin Rose -3 under 69 today and James Hahn, -4 under 68, these two have -7 under par totals.

Justin thinks this is good preparation for a PGA Championship;

“This type of scoring would definitely hold up in a PGA Championship.”

“They’re not looking for us to shoot even par like a U.S. Open. Single digits under par is really good golf and it’s a sign of a great golf course.”

Rory McIlroy may not have found the right touch yet, but there is nothing wrong with his putting,

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Wells Fargo Championship. Andrew Loupe Leads.

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Andrew Loupe maintains his status at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship, and leads the tournament at Quail Hollow Club.

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Andrew carded a -1 under par 71 to stay at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship at -8 under par. he used his long drives and good putting to full advantage, on a tough course;

“That’s a grown-man’s golf course.”

“They’re rolling off the putter face well.”

Robert Castro holds second place at -7 under par, following his second round -6 under par 66, he Eagled the par four last hole;

“I thought it might jump over the back of the green, but everybody’s arms went up, and that’s always a good sign.”

Third place belongs to Chesson Hadley, -5 under par 67 and Mark Hubbard,-4 under 68, both at -6 under par.

First round leader Steve Wheatcroft, Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler are in the large group at -5 under par.

In a strange occurrence Zac Blair got himself disqualified, for using a bent putter, he bent it by banging it against his head when missing a putt;

Zac Blair hit his putter on his head after a missed putt Friday, leading to a bent putter and a DQ. (Harry How/Getty Images)

“Going forward I’m going to do my best not to let my emotions get in the way on the golf course, and I’m going to learn from this mishap and move on.”

Rory McIlroy bogeyed the last two holes of the day to spoil a what was a good recovery from yesterday, he signed for a second round -3 under 69 for a total of -2 under par.

“Obviously not nice to finish the way I did with two bogeys, but the rest of the card looks pretty good.”

“I got it going around the middle of the round there, and a lot of shots of much better quality than I did yesterday. I feel like I improved from yesterday.”

“It’s a step in the right direction.”

His playing partner Rickie Fowler fared a little better, a -4 under par 68 today for a -5 under total;

“I’m in a good spot, I made a good par putt at the last to kind of keep me within reach.”

“Definitely going into tomorrow and see if we can get a bit closer and, I don’t know, maybe out front.”

“It just shows you how tough it was playing out there, no one really ran away.”

Wells Fargo Championship. Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe Lead 1st Round.


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Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe lead 1st round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

Andrew Loupe and Steve Wheatcroft both shot a 7-under 65 in Round 1 for a share of the lead. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Steve and Andrew both carded first rounds of -7 under par 65 to lead the after the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Andrew said he was just trying to keep up with the pace set by Steve:

“Kind of felt like I was trying to keep up the whole time with Steve.”

“We both had it rolling early. Just solid golf for the most part, just looking to keep that momentum going.”

Steve likes Quail Hollow;

“I’ve always loved this place.”

“They’ve lengthened it out a little bit now where it’s a lot harder to make those eagles and birdies, but I’ve always loved this place from the day I got here.”

Anirban Lahiri is in third position at -6  under par following his first round 66.

Sharing fourth are Dewie van der Walt and Kevin Chappell, both with -5 under par 68.

Rory McIlroy is in the field, but looked rusty recording an opening round +1 over par 73, after celebrating his birthday on Wednesday;

“I mean, I would much rather be in red numbers, but I’m much happier now than I was three hours ago, I guess.”

“I just need to go out tomorrow and shoot a good second round, something in the sixties, and get myself back into the tournament going into the weekend.”

“When I go out on that course, I feel like I have to play pretty badly not to shoot a decent score, I guess.”

“It’s a work in progress, but it feels better than what it did at Augusta.”

 “I feel like I can release the club a little bit more.”

“I knew I was going to have to sort of play my way into the next couple of weeks.”

 “With the nine holes I played Tuesday and the pro-am yesterday, I felt it actually feels pretty good.”

“But it’s all different. It’s always different when you get a scorecard in your hand and it really matters.”

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Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Records Record Breaking Win.

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Rory McIlroy records a record breaking win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -21 under par total at Quail Hollow.

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Rory had a quiet final round of  -3 under par 69, to win the Wells Fargo Championship by a blistering, and record breaking seven shots, with his -21 under par total.

He told reporters that he needed to play more, and that was why he was at this tournament;

“I said, I need to play a little bit more. I feel like I’m playing well.”

“I feel like as the best player in the world, I want to go at it every week and, not so much prove it, but just show that.”

“The way I played yesterday really set me up to go out there today.”

“I was in control of the golf tournament and I just needed to shoot a solid round and that was going to get me over the line.”

“I’ve learned how to handle these positions and I’m finishing the job off the way I should, which is very pleasing.”

“In terms of there wasn’t as much excitement on the back nine. I finished with six 3s the last time I won here. Would have been nice to finish with six 3s again.”

“It does push me. I think you see guys that you knew well, guys that are your peers and they’re winning golf tournaments, big golf tournaments, that you want to win.”

Tied in a distant second place were Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson and playing on a sponsor exempion Patrick Rodgers, who both carded tournament totals of -14 under par

Webb knew Rory was going to be tough to beat especially as he started with a four shot lead, and he made too many mistakes. Carding a last round of even par;

“It was a memorable week, nonetheless.”

 “Through number six I made so many mistakes, probably more mistakes than I had all week.”

“That was kind of a killer to be couple over through six with Rory playing pretty solid.

“He was a tough guy to beat today.”

Patrick doesn’t have PGA TOUR status, but in this form he soon will have;

“Walking down the first fairway, with all those people out there, I get chills talking about it.”

“I tried to talk to him when he was playing well to keep him loose, but he handled it really well.”

“It was awesome. It was a lot of fun being out there, pushing Rory a little bit.”

“I tried to come into this week with a lot of confidence, I feel like my game can compete out here, and I’m going to really carry that with me for the next few events.”

Phil Mickelson finished tied in fourth spot at -12 under par, along with Gary Woodland and Robert Streb.

Phil had worked hard on his putting, and it paid off for him, he needed only 22 putts in his final round;

“I really worked hard on my short putts and putted those phenomenal.”

“I started to drive it better, but, more than that, get my iron shots close to the hole, work it into those pins. I made a lot of birdies this week. That’s important.”



Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Reigns with Record Round.

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Rory McIlroy reigns at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a record round of 61 at Quail Hollow.

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Rory produced a -11 under par 61 third round to sit on top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard at -18 under par, and writing a new chapter in the records books. He now has a four shot lead over second placed man, Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

Rory definitely likes this course, he won here in 2010, and was thinking of the magic 59, but still managed to break his own record on this course. In all, he carded nine birdies during a 10-hole stretch, and said he is rolling the ball and putting nicely;

“I feel like it’s one of these courses I can get on a roll with. I was thinking about 59 from the 14th tee box,”

“I got off to a great start, I’m obviously delighted with the score, it’s always great to break your own course record.”

“I feel like the best player in the world right now and I wanted to go out and prove that.”

“I’ve always loved this place, I have great memories here and it feels a little bit like a second home.”

“It’s a mental thing, you’re picturing good shots, you’re visualizing the lines on putts and you’re not getting in your own way. You’re just letting it happen.”

“I rolled the ball really well, which I haven’t been doing for the past couple of weeks, so to see a lot of putts drop like that was really nice.”

“More of the same on Sunday would be nice obviously, but I just want to keep it going. Even though I’ve got a lead there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and be aggressive and try make as many birdies as I can.”

Webb Simpson is in second place , four strokes back at -14 under par after his third round -4 under par 68, and is under no illusions about how hard it will be tomorrow to try and chase down Rory;

“What an incredible round McIlroy played, I’ve got a tough opponent tomorrow.”

Robert Streb has third spot on his own at -11 under par, a -1 under par third round stifling any progress, and is now seven shots off the lead.

Phil Mickelson was in contention at -11 under par, that was before a triple bogey 7 at the 18th hole, this hole  has now become his nemesis, he double bogeyed the 18th hole on Thursday. That triple dropped Phil to -1 under par 71 on the day and has left him 10 shots behind the high-flying Roryon -8 under par.


Wells Fargo Championship. It’s Tight at the Top.

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It’s very tight at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard, with Robert Streb sharing the summit with Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

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Webb recorded another round of -5 under par 67 to get to his -10 under par tournament total, while Robert was a little more subdued today, carding -3 under par 69, to add to his -7 under 65 yesterday.

Webb likes having friends and family supporting him from the gallery this week, at his home course;

“I saw so many people, friends and family and heard my name a lot.”

“I’m sure tomorrow will be fun. I think if I’m one over at any point tomorrow early in the round, I think that support will help me.”

Robert said he has been dodging some bullets this week;

“My misses haven’t gotten me in too much trouble, with the exception of sixteen.”

Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

Martin called Quail Hollow a bigger version of his home course;

“When I just step on the tee, I feel very, very comfortable out here.”

Patrick is competing at the Wells Fargo Championship on a sponsor exemption, and is making the most of the opportunity;

“I just watched Jordan win the Masters and make it look pretty easy. That gives me a ton of confidence.”

“Most of the tee shots set up really, really well for me,  it really suits a high draw off the tee. It’s been a big advantage so far.”

 “I won a lot in college and I’m comfortable at the top of the leaderboard.”

“I have full confidence I’m capable of not only playing really well but winning out here.  I just try to carry myself with that confidence and hopefully this weekend I can do the same.”

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are tied third place at -7 under par, making a significant move today, Rory a -5 under par 67 and Phil with his 66. Will McKenzie also joins them on them on that score.

Rory is trying to stay patient, something that he is getting better at;

“I’m not putting myself under that much stress, I’m making it good on myself. I drove the ball beautifully at TPC Sawgrass and I’ve continued to do that this week.”

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better at staying patient. That’s probably one of the strengths of my game now.”

“It’s just knowing from experience what a good score is. If you’re putting yourself in position to score and it’s not happening, you know you’re not losing any ground on the field.”

“The way I hit it today, I felt like I could have shot 63 or 64, but realizing 67 is still a good score and puts me in a great position going into the weekend.”

Phil has yet to win at Quail Hollow, but does have seven top-10s in 11 starts here, he was happy to finally shoot -6 under par 66. He should have done it yesterday but ended up with a 71 instead;

“Right now, nobody is turning 66s into 71s better than me, and it’s nice to finally shoot that 66 and get the score that reflects the way I feel I’m playing.”