May 5th, 2019
Wells Fargo Championship Final
Homa Grabs Maiden PGA Title
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World number 417, Max Homa, shot a final round 66 to earn the biggest pay-day of his life with a three-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship from Quail Hollow. In second place was Homa’s compatriot Joel Dahmen, tipped by GolfPunk , at 12 under. Justin Rose had a very encouraging final round 68 to finish 3rd on eleven under.
Homa started the round tied with Dahmen and the experienced Jason Duffner. However, it was the 28 year-old American who kept his cool best, carding an excellent 67 which included only one dropped shot. Not even a rain delay of an hour, when a hail storm swept across the course, could dampen Homa's chances as he stepped back on the course to coolly hole a five foot par putt on the 14th.
Justin Rose had set the target for Homa with a 68 which saw him surge up the leaderboard. It was a return to form for the world number two who missed the cut at The Masters. However, the Brit was not totally happy with his play, "The whole week was a struggle if I'm dead honest but that makes the result more pleasing in a way, something I can build on.” commented Rose.
Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy had a final round to forget. Teeing off just two behind the leaders it was a real opportunity for the man from Northern Ireland to add to his tally of PGA wins. However, McIlroy’s short game let him down with a three putt at the 7th starting a run around the turn that saw three shots dropped and the end of his chances.
"I played first six holes well today, pretty steady and then the three-putt on seven derailed any momentum I had," the world number four told reporters.
Good final rounds from Rickie Fowler (68), Sergio Gracia (68) and Paul Casey (69), with all three sharing fourth place, will give them encouragement ahead of the PGA Championship which starts at Bethpage in just over a week’s time.
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