Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Day seizes PGA control at Quail Hollow

Day seizes PGA control at Quail Hollow

Day, already with a victory at Torrey Pines this year, captured the Wells Fargo Championship by two shots at 12 under after birdieing two of his last three holes in Round 4.

Waterford's Seamus Power also shot under par as he returned to level par overall due to a three-under 68, which included five birdies and two bogeys. He'd just made two bogeys in his last three holes and parred the par-5 15th, which is one of the easier holes on the course.

Indeed, Woods struck the ball fine all week, ranking eighth in strokes-gained/tee-to-green and 12th in approach-the-green. "The chances I did have, I missed them all", lamented Woods. "I missed a lot of greens". He was alone in second before Watney drained a 59-foot putt on the 18th. He birdied 16 by sinking a 10-footer and survived a scare at the 230-yard par-3 17. And it was also almost a 1.

"The biggest thing is, you're playing mental games with yourself", he said.

Nick Watney - in the final group for the first time in nearly four years - lies in second after overcoming a double bogey on the 10th with four birdies on the last six holes.

Wise, the NCAA champion from OR two years ago, pulled his approach left of the 18th green.

"The moments when you win and you don't have your greatest stuff is the moment when you learn the most". When one area isn't working, they pick themselves up with something else. Woods shot 73 to finish at 2-over 144.

The 30-year-old Australian - an OH resident who can be found courtside at Cavaliers games - fought through some wayward tee shots and self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday.

"That's one of the things that I think that he should take a lot away from it, is that he did it under obviously different conditions, different times in his life, and now that he's got a taste of it, he wants it back again".

He and the rest of the field will hope for a better performance next week in the high-profile Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Peter Malnati led by one shot entering the third round.

McIlroy made the cut on the number when he won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2010. A kick-in birdie there and a par at the 18th made him the fourth multiple victor on tour this season. Look at this scorecard!

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson continued his strong season with his sixth top 10, finishing in a tie for fifth place.

The greens at Quail Hollow have perplexed Woods all week. He still doesn't have a victory. Rory McIlroy concluded an up-and-down week with a 71 to finish at 3 under. But Day hit a nice drive to a four-iron on Thursday to two-putt for par to shake out any jitters.

"My 61 was better", McIlroy said with a laugh.

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.

And yet McIlroy admitted that he is really struggling with his game at the moment following his third round showing, which included seven birdies and two bogeys. It was a head-scratching finish from somebody who is probably one of the five best players in the world right now. Why is that good news?

Day admitted that it wasn't his victory drought in 2017 that bothered him the most, it was his apathy toward the effort it takes to be world No. 1 that ate at him. "You're going to fail, you're going to fail, '" Day said.

The positive for Tiger this week is that while he never contended, he did make the cut. He finished 72nd (of 75 golfers) in strokes gained putting and 8th (!) in strokes gained tee to green.

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