Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Day captures Wells Fargo Championship for second win of season

Day captures Wells Fargo Championship for second win of season

The final round of the Wells Fargo Championship was a tough one for Woods. He cleared the steep lip of a bunker with inches to spare and made a 6-foot putt.

Langer was at 9-under 135 and had a one-shot lead over three players after he followed up his course-record-tying opening-round 63 by making just two birdies and two bogeys.

"I was so close to shooting about 7 under on that back nine, " Woods said after shooting 34 on the closing nine holes. "I just had to be patient".

Casey dropped two early shots playing alongside Day before steadying the ship with three pars and a superb eagle at the 10th - where he hit his second shot to two feet - for a 69.

"I'm on a hot streak right now".

"I changed my stroke a little bit and went a little more old school, how I used to putt", Woods said.

Never mind that it was the only putt he made longer than five feet.

Mickelson was among those four shots behind. At least he was still playing on the weekend at Quail Hollow, where he had missed the cut his previous two trips. Woods shot 73 to finish at 2-over 144.

Rickie Fowler (72-69) is 1-under par and he said the greens are so firm that it is hard to get close to the hole.


With the driver in his hands, Day said he feels more comfortable and is hitting it better than he was two years ago when he won the PGA Championship and reached No. 1 in the world.

As if to prove the point on Saturday, officials put the fun back in Quail Hollow, with 31 of 87 players posting scores in the 60s and more roars than this slice of North Carolina has seen since 2016, the last time the Wells Fargo was played at the venerable club before it underwent an intensive nip/tuck to prepare for the PGA. Even after back-to-back bogeys, at Nos.

"Struggled with my game, struggled to get my ball in the fairway, made some pretty bad mistakes, didn't birdie any of the par 5s", McIlroy said. "To be honest, what I did today was a bit out of the ball park off the tee".

Adrift of overnight leader Peter Malnati by one shot at the halfway mark, Day's second successive 67 - which included five birdies and just one bogey - saw the 2015 US PGA Championship victor put himself in the box seat for his first title since January's Farmers Insurance Open. By the time overnight leader Peter Malnati teed off he was already sharing the top spot with Uihlein. He had reason to celebrate the par, if for no other reason than it was the first time he has led after any round except the final round when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship.

"Things like that are what you need to win tournaments", Day said. He's got a very deft, soft touch.

"I always have fun. I'm super, super excited", Watney said.

Although he has hit just half the fairways, Woods hit 15 of 18 greens, matching his best of the year, which came in the final round of the Masters. Two bogeys over the last three holes gave him a 70.

Malnati got a hybrid high enough in the air to land softly on the firm green at the par-5 seventh hole, setting up a 25-foot eagle attempt that he narrowly made.

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