Jason Day captured his 12th PGA Tour victory and second of the 2018 season at the Wells Fargo Championship. He surrendered a 3-shot lead on the back nine, but a birdie on 16 and a near ace on 17 sealed the victory.
Day put on a clinic on and around the putting surfaces, finishing 1st in strokes gained around the green and 2nd in strokes gained putting. After a lackluster 2017 season by his standards, he now has two victories and a runner-up finish in the last 3 months. When healthy, Jason Day is one of the top 5 players in the world. Expect to see even more from the Australian superstar this season.
Finishing in a tie for 2nd place was the pair of Aaron Wise and Nick Watney.
Wise is in his first full season as a member of the PGA Tour. The 21-year-old won the NCAA Championship at Oregon in 2015, graduated through Mackenzie Tour Q-School in 2016, and earned his PGA Tour card by finishing 18th on the 2017 Web.com Tour money list. He now has a runner up and 4 other top 25 finishes this season. Wise will move inside the top 100 in the world this week and has a promising career ahead of him. His up and down on the 72nd hole was incredibly gutsy and earned him a lot of money this week.
Watney has not had much success since his 2013 season but has started to show some signs of life recently. He put together strong strokes gained numbers off the tee and approaching the green this week and now has two top-20 finishes this month.
Where’s the first tee and what’s the course record?
Starting the weekend tied for 48th, Peter Uihlein shot a blistering 62 to vault himself into a tie for 3rd place. His score was the lowest on the Fazio renovated Quail Hollow but is one stroke worse than the official course record set by Rory in 2015. He finished the week tied for 5th, his first top 10 on U.S. soil this season.
After playing easier on Saturday, Quail Hollow was a very boring slog on Sunday. 45 of the top 54 finishers shot between -2 and +2 during the final round. This left very little room for drama and made for terrible television.
The course is stuck between playing at a major championship difficulty and a normal Tour event. Instead of being rewarded for risky shots, players are faced with a 7,500-yard death march. Tom Fazio definitely made it difficult, but is that the best idea for the tournament moving forward?
Dustin Johnson’s #1 ranking is safe for now after Justin Thomas failed to finish T-12 or better. 5 players have the ability to be #1 after The PLAYERS Championship next week.
Phil continued his strong season with a T-5 finish at Quail Hollow. He now has a win and five other top-6 finishes this season.
Tiger played very well until he got to the putting surface. He finished 72nd out of 75 in strokes gained putting this week. If he figures that out, his strong tee and iron play should lead to success at TPC Sawgrass.
Shout out to Brice Garnett.
Sung Hyan Park birdies the final hole to win the rain-shortened Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic. Full scores.
The Irish team of Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan win Golf Sixes event at Centurion Club.
Tiger, Phil, and Rickie will be paired together for the first 2 rounds at The PLAYERS.