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May 8th, 2023

Wyndham Clark Wins Wells Fargo

American picks up his first PGA Tour victory

Relief as Clark Picks up First PGA Tour Win

The relief was tangible as Wyndham Clark picks up his first PGA Tour victory in his 134th start with the American also shooting the lowest 72-hole score (265) in Wells Fargo Championship history. 

Seven-time PGA Tour winner Xander Schauffele finishes runner-up for the 11th time in 152 tour starts (-15), with Harris English and Tyrrell Hatton tied third (-12), and fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood tied fifth with Australian Adam Scott (-11).

Clark started Sunday with a two-shot lead at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, following up Saturday's 63 with a three-under 68 to finish on 19 under, four shots clear of compatriot Xander Schauffele.

However it wasn't all plain sailing with Clark losing his two-shot advantage in the first three holes, trailing Schauffele after seven holes.
But he rallied on the back nine, leading by five at one stage, allowing him to even bogey the final hole.
"I think in years past I might have folded," he said.
"This time I just stayed patient and hung in there and got hot on the back side."

With the win, Clark collects 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 36 to No. 5 in the FedExCup standings as well as taking home $3.6 million of the  $20 million total prize purse.

Not only winning his first tour title in 134 tour starts, Clark shot 265 which  represents the lowest winning score in the history of the event, with the previous holder being Rory McIlroy with 267 at the 2015 championship.

"It's been a long five years to get to this point, it was well worth the wait and I'm so grateful," Clark said.

Xander Schauffele finishes runner-up for the 11th time in 152 starts and joins Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler with a Tour-leading eight top-10 finishes this season.

Making his ninth start of the season, Adam Scott (T5) picks up first top-10 since the 2022 BMW Championship.

Defending champion Max Homa finishes T8 and continues the trend of  no player having ever successfully defended the event. 

Jimmy Walker finishes T14 in his 400th start on the PGA TOUR.

Rickie Fowler finishes T14 for his eighth top-20 finish in his last nine starts on Tour whilst three-time champion Rory McIlroy (T47) fails to finish in the top 10 for just the third time in 12 starts at the Wells Fargo Championship 

This is Rory's first PGA event since being cut from the Masters in April.

TAGS: PGA Tour, Wyndham Clark, Wells Fargo, 2023, Xander Schauffele