Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day Cruises To Win.

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Jason Day, Australia, cruised to a two shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day wins Wells Fargo Championship

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With a final round -2 under par 69 Jason cruised to a win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -12 under par total, his 12th PGA Tour title.

Jason  came to the day’s most difficult hole and hit a superb shot, that defined this tournament. A seven iron tee shot on the 223-yard, par three 17th, which took a big hop when it landed in the middle of the green,  rolling speedily until it struck the center of the flagstick and stopped  just a couple of feet away, he made birdie.

“It was on a cracking line, it was beautiful, things like that are what you need to win golf tournaments.”

“I felt like I went ten rounds out there, just fighting against myself.”

“Aaron played tremendous golf coming in.”

“I didn’t have the best day off the tee and even into the greens, but I had a really good day on the greens and around the greens.”

Aaron Wise, -3 under 68 today and Nick Watney,  -2 under 69, both from the USA shared second place at -10 under par.

 

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Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day In Front.

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Jason Day, Australia, is in the front position after 54 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day grabs lead at Wells Fargo

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Jason shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes with a -10 under par total, giving him a two-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes.”

“I hit a nice shot into the ninth hole, and a good drive down 10 started getting things in the right direction.”

“I knew things were going to turn around.”

“I just stayed in my lane.”

“I’ve kind of recommitted myself to try to get back to number one.”

Nick Watney, USA, holds second place at -8 under, after his third round -5 under par 66, overcoming  a double bogey on the par five 10th hole.

Four players are tied in third position at -7 under par, Peter Uihlein,  with a marvelous -9 under 62 today, just one short of Rory McIlroy’s course record, Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 and Aaron Wise, -1 under 70, these three from the USA, they are joined by Paul Casey who recorded -2 under 69 today.

Tiger, is not out of the woods yet, -3 under 68 today leaving at -1 under for the tournament, while Rory went ten shots better than yesterday’s 76 to signed for a -5 under 66 today, to be at -3 under in total, both these boys too far back to make it to the top tomorrow, or maybe not according to Tiger;

“I’m hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament, but I just haven’t made putts.”

“Maybe I can play a low one and see what happens. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week.”

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Wells Fargo Championship. Peter Malnati Leads.

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Peter Malnati, USA, leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 36 holes at The Quail Hollow Club.

Peter Malnati leads the Wells Fargo Championship at seven under par. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Peter shot a second round -3 under 68 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total.

A relaxed Peter told reporters;

“Honestly, the biggest thing that’s different this week from kind of the last couple years for me is just I’m more relaxed.”

 “I’m feeling good, I’m confident with what I’ve been doing, and I’m kind of letting it show on the course rather than letting it stress me out.”

“I’ve been trying to kind of embrace just being a little more calm and relaxed on the golf course this week.”

“It will be a good test tomorrow to see how I feel walking to that first tee.”

“I’m sure there will be some nerves, but I’ll definitely be excited and I’ll be able to hang on to some of this calm that I felt these first two days.”

Aaron Wise, USA,  -3 under 68 today shares second place with Jason Day from Australia, who carded -4 under 67 in his second round, both players at -6 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth place at -5 under par are Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68, and Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, with -4 under 67 today.

Paul has not had much success around here;

“It’s a golf course I didn’t have a lot of success on through the years and it used to be very sort of damp around here.”

“At the  PGA, I had a good result. For some reason it just seems to be clicking now around this golf course.”

“Maybe the firm and fast, I like that.”

Struggling to make the cut, which was at +4 over were Rory McIlroy,  Northern Ireland,  with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, all at +2 over, and Adam Scott, Australia, +3 over.

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Wells Fargo Championship. John Peterson Leads.

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John Peterson, USA leads the Wells Fargo Championship at The Quail Hollow Club.

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John shot an opening round -6 under 65 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes.

John has stated that he will give up his playing card if he does earn enough money in the next three rounds, to stay on tour;

“I’m kind of free-wheeling it at this point.”

“I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don’t make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that’s true.”

“If I don’t make it, I’m not playing golf anymore.”

“Either way is fine with me, I’ve got everything in place for both sides of it, so I’m not going to be bothered if I make it.”

“Obviously, I would never be bothered to win a golf tournament out here.”

Does not sound to me like a man who will give his all just to be here.

Five players share second place at -4 under after their first rounds of 67, Peter Malnati, Johnson Wagner, Keith Mitchell, and Kyle Stanley, all from the USA, they are joined by a foreigner Tyrrell Hatton of England

Rory McIlroy is sharing seventh place with ten other golfers, but Rory loves Quail Hollow;

“I’ve just won here a couple times. That’s about the difference.”

“I love this place, I feel like I don’t have to play that well and I can still get it around.”

Tiger Woods finished at even par 71, tied in 34th place,  needing to get his putter working;

“I hit the ball fine today, if I just make a few putts, I should be two or three under par, which is fine. I just didn’t make anything today.”

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Brian Harman Leads

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Brian Harman, USA, leads the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half-way stage at Waialae Country Club.

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Brian shot a -7 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Sony Open in Hawaii by three strokes going into he week-end, for Brian it is all about the putter, and a Titleist ball, the first time he used one he won the  Wells Fargo Championship;

“The wind doesn’t seem to take it as much.”

“That’s just a personal thing for me. I feel like I did when I was a kid again. I felt like I was a better ball striker when I was a kid.”

“I’m starting to get some of those feelings back.”

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts.”

“I’m getting a bunch of looks. I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few.”

“I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”

Nearest challengers are at -10 under par, and there are five of them, Zach Johnson, -3 under 67 today, John Peterson,-6 under 64, Tom Hoge, -5 under 65, Chris Kirk, -3 under 67 and Talor Gooch, -4 under 66.

John has a good attitude, and wants to keep his playing card;

“If my attitude is good, I’m going to play good.”

“I’ve never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it.”

“I’ve got eight events to make $350,000. If I do, great. If I don’t, who cares? I’m just out here free-wheeling.”

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Wells Fargo Championship. Brian Harman Champion.

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Brian Harman is the Wells Fargo Championship champion, claiming his 2nd PGA Tour title at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Brian shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Wells Fargo Championship with a -10 under par tournament total.

Brian made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win, and at the same time denied World number one Dustin Johnson a fourth straight victory.

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Brian and the winning putt.

World number one Dustin Johnson, -5 under 67 today, and Pat Perez, -4 under 68, tied in second place at -9 under par.

Jon Rahm, from Spain, took the fourth position on his own at -8 under par, a disappointing last round of -1 under 71 keeping him from challenging for the title.

Wells Fargo Championship. Reed Rises To The Top.

 

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Patrick Reed rises to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Reed leads at Wells Fargo

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Patrick made birdie on his last two holes to take the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting -5 under par 67, for a -8 under total for 54 holes.

Patrick said the change in putting fortunes for him came when he reduced the amount information about the putts, ignoring the green reading book the players are given these days;

 “I used to read the putts and also [caddie Kessler Karain], and I used to use a green-reading book.”

“I just felt like there’s too many eyes and too much thought process going into putts on trying to figure out the read.”

“I’ve done that pretty well all week, I have my green-reading book with me just to kind of confirm, not really to go off of it, just to make sure I’m seeing what the book is saying and just kind of going from there.”

Personally I must say I do not agree with giving the players maps of the greens, showing which way the slopes were  going. Players should read the putts for themselves, not have caddies lying down on the green, and then having a discussion on which way to make the putt, it is too time consuming.

Sharing second place, just one shot back are Alex Noren, from Sweden, -3 under par 69 who missed a 5ft birdie putt on his last hole to claim a share the lead, and Jon Rahm, Spain, who also scored -3 under par. Both players have tournament totals of -7 under par.

There are four players tied in fourth spot, at -6 under, Seung Yul Noh, -5 under 67 today, Brian Harman -2 under 70, Vaughn Taylor -2 under 70 and Francesco Molinari even par 72 again today.