If you have not seen by now, Jason Day tends to play his finest golf on some of the hardest venues on tour, having earned hard-fought victories at programs like Torrey Pines and TPC Sawgrass. So it is no shock that Day rose to the event at Quail Hollow Club this week, carding 4 straight rounds in the 60s, together with Sunday’s two-under 69, to say a two-stroke win at the Wells Fargo Championship.
After extending his lead at the par-Four second with a birdie, it felt like Day would possibly cruise to his second win this season, however that was hardly what transpired the relaxation of the spherical. The Aussie made back-to-back bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes earlier than getting these pictures again with birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-Four eighth. A birdie at the 10th received him to 12 underneath, however issues practically turned disastrous a couple of holes later, when Day bogeyed the 13th after which badly hooked his drive into the water at the 14th. He was in a position to save a bogey, however discovered himself tied with PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise as he made his technique to Quail Hollow’s “green mile.”
There, Day slammed the door shut for his 12th profession win, making birdie at No. 16 after which practically holing his tee shot at the par-Three 17th, the ball hitting the pin. A kick-in birdie there and a par at the 18th made him the fourth a number of winner on tour this season.
“I had no idea where the ball was going today, especially off the tee,” Day mentioned. “I missed a lot of fairways, missed a lot of greens. My short game stood the test, which was nice. This was probably one of the best wins I’ve ever had just because of how hard everything was today.”
Day hit simply six fairways and solely eight greens in regulation on Sunday, however was nonetheless in a position to pull it out because of his unbelievable placing and quick recreation. For the week, he ranked first in putts per inexperienced in regulation, second in scrambling, second in strokes-gained/placing and fourth in strokes-gained/around-the-green. If he can get every part else so as, he’ll absolutely be an element at subsequent week’s Players Championship, the place he received in 2016.
“I’d like to be able to hit it a little bit straighter,” he mentioned. “To be honest, what I did today was a bit out of the ball park off the tee. I need to do a lot of work if I want to try and win next week, but I’m obviously coming off a nice win here. I’m confident about my abilities going into next week, but I got to just enjoy tonight, have fun, but really got to focus on next week after tonight.”
Wise, a 21-year-old rookie, impressed with a final-round 68 that featured only one bogey. The former NCAA champion performed the again 9 in two-under 34, together with 4 straight pars to complete his spherical and provides himself at least an opportunity at a playoff.
“Really, really proud,” mentioned Wise. “You know, 16, 17 and 18 coming in there such hard holes and I had so much adrenaline going, thought I legitimately had a chance to win. On 16 green I was tied with Jason, so it was pretty cool to pull some shots off and play those holes even par and to show myself how much I can do under that kind of pressure.”
The T-2 end, which got here in simply his 25th profession begin, is his finest this season, and it comes after back-to-back missed cuts at the Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic.
Also at 10 underneath was Nick Watney, who dropped a 58-foot bomb for birdie at the 72nd gap to put up a final-round 69 and earn his highest end since a solo second at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Watney, a five-time winner on tour, is lastly absolutely wholesome and seeking to get again to his successful methods, with his final victory coming at the 2012 Barclays at Bethpage Black.
Bryson DeChambeau completed in solo fourth at eight-under 276, whereas Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey and Peter Uihlein tied for fifth at seven-under 277.