PGA Tour 2019: Max Homa wins Wells Fargo Championship for first career PGA Tour triumph
Joel Dahmen, Max Homa and Jason Dufner were all tied for the Wells Fargo Championship lead through 54 holes in Charlotte, N.C., however Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were among those pursuing in Sunday’s final round at Quail Hollow Club. Here’s what you missed on Sunday.
Who won: Max Homa (four-under 67, 15 under overall)
How it occurred: Homa was in the final group and made the turn in two-under 33 to take a one-shot lead over Dahmen with nine to play. He made another birdie on 11 to get to 15 under, which is the place he stood when the horn blew to stop play because of perilous climate going through the territory. After the 62-minute postponement, Homa sank his short standard putt on 14 and his lead was three with four to play. He birdied 15, bogeyed 16 and parred the last two to beat Dahmen (12 under) by three.
Why it is important: It’s the first career PGA Tour triumph for Homa, a 28-year-old positioned 417th on the world who won the 2013 NCAA individual championship. He lost his card in 2017 when he made only two of 17 cuts, however following a year on the Web.com Tour he discovered his way back to the PGA Tour in 2019. The year didn’t begin well, as he missed six straight slices from October to January, yet he turned it around and missed only one cut in seven stroke-play events entering this week. His best completion this season was beforehand a T10 at Pebble Beach. He’s presently earned a two-year exclusion on Tour and will make his Masters debut in 2020.
Who lost: McIlroy began the day two shots off the lead yet was as yet considered the favorite to succeed at Quail Hollow, a spot he’s won twice previously. In any case, McIlroy went intruder twofold intruder on 9 and 10 and didn’t make his first birdie until the thirteenth. He shot 73 and tied for eighth.
Best shot when it mattered: It was definitely not a long or dubious putt, however following a 62-minute climate delay Homa came in a standard putt from five feet, six inches on the par-4 14th hole, keeping his lead at three. He successfully avoided the momentum-killer.
Up next: The AT&T Byron Nelson heads to Trinity Forest in Dallas, Texas, for the final tune-up before the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island. This is the second straight year the Nelson has been at Trinity Forest (Aaron Wise won last year). Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka headline the field, which also includes former NFL quarterback Tony Romo, who received a sponsor’s invite.