Max Homa didn’t play like a guy who had never won on the PGA Tour.
The 28-year-old Homa shot 4-under-par 67 as some established players faltered to beat Joel Dahmen by three strokes and win the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club www.quailhollowclub.com in Charlotte, N.C.
“(I’m) over the moon,” said Homa, who is from Valencia and captured the 2013 NCAA Championship while at Cal. “It’s hard coming off that Web(.com Tour) category. I’ve got some serious scar tissue out here.
“I means a lot for me to get this done under pressure. It’s great to have some job security. I haven’t had this before.”
Homa, who won twice on the Web.com Tour but missed the cut in 15 of the 17 PGA Tour events he played two years ago, made several clutch par putts in the final round and finished with a 72-hole score of 15-under 269.
By winning, he earned a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and spots in the upcoming PGA Championship and the 2020 Masters.
Dahmen, who also was seeking his first PGA Tour victory after winning twice on the PGA Tour Canada, closed with a 70, while second-ranked Justin Rose totaled 68 to finish four shots back in solo third in his last event for the PGA Championship in another week at Bethpage Black.
Tenth-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta and Sergio Garcia of Spain both had 68s to wind up six behind in a tie for fourth with Paul Casey of England, who finished at 69, and Jason Dufner, who shared the 54-hole lead with Homa and Dahmen before closing with a 73.
Eighth-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the only two-time winner in Wells Fargo history, stumbled to a 73 and tied for eighth with Kyle Stanley, who had a 68, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela and Keith Mitchell, who both shot 69, and Pat Perez of San Diego, who struggled to a 74.
Defending champion Jason Day of Australia posted a 69 to finish in a tie for 24th that included 2017 winner Brian Harman, who had a 68, while Lucas Glover, the 2011 champion, tied for 31st after a 71,
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