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Playing out of the penultimate twosome, World No. 175 Luke List patched together a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to post 5-under 279, dipping two places to a season-best T6, five short of champion Rory McIlroy (68).
This was the Vanderbilt alum's sixth WFC, third top 25 and second top 10, supplanting a prior-best T9 two tries ago in 2018. He improves to 10-for-22 on the season with three top 10s, first since T10 at the Farmers 11 starts ago, and bettering a previous-best T8 at the stand-alone Corales back in September. For the week, the Seattle native recorded laps of 67-72-68-72, totaled one eagle and 13 birdies versus eight bogeys and a double, and ranked 4th in SG: Off-the-Tee (5.308), 40th in SG: Approach (1.396), 38th in SG: Around (0.377), and 23rd in SG: Putting (2.680). In the finale, he began solo 4th, three shy of leader Keith Mitchell (72), and overshadowed two birdie-2s at 6 and 17, with three bogey-5s at 5 (missed par-saver from 6'4"), 12 (bogey-save from 9'1"), and 18 (watered tee ball; bogey-save from 16'4"). The 36-year-old lost strokes on approach (-1.261) and around (-2.318), but gained 0.350 off-the-tee and 3.436 with the flat stick, highlighted by a 26-foot birdie at 6, and four par-savers from between six and 13 feet. He is in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.
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Playing out of the fifth-to-last twosome, World No. 7 Patrick Reed birdied two of his final four holes toward a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish up on 5-under 279, up one spot to T6, five back of champion Rory McIlroy (68).
This was the Texan's eighth appearance, eighth cash, and second top 10, bettering a solo 8th two attempts ago in 2018. He improves to 10-for-13 on the season with five top 10s, second in his last three, joining a T8 at the 85th Masters two starts ago. For the week, the Augusta University product recorded rounds of 71-69-69-70, totaled one eagle and 11 birdies against six bogeys and a double, and ranked 29th in SG: Off-the-Tee (1.536), 52nd in SG: Approach (0.044), 28th in SG: Around (1.426), and 4th in SG: Putting (6.752). On Sunday, he offset two bogeys at holes 4 and 14 (failed scrambles), with three birdies at 10, 15 and 16, each from between six and nine feet. The 30-year-old, who is not in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson, posted 0.809 SGP with 29 total putts, highlighted by a par-save at 1 from 11'8" and lowlighted by a 3-putt par at the par-5 seventh from 57'10".
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Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome and making his tournament debut, second-round tri-leader and World No. 52 Matt Wallace churned out a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to conclude on 5-under 279, up one place to T6, five in arrears of champion Rory McIlroy, who carded a 68 out of the final pairing.
The Englishman, who drops to 0-for-1 as a 36-hole leader/co-leader, claims his second top 10 of the season in 12 events, first since a career-tying-best solo 3rd at Valero four starts ago, also in his tourney debut. In the Valero on a sponsor invite, he was a 54-hole co-leader with eventual champ Jordan Spieth, closing with 70 to Spieth's 66. Of the 27 debutants at the Wells Fargo, Wallace was one of two who finished in the top 10, with Vitkor Hovland (T3) being the other. For the week, he carded rounds of 69-67-73-70, totaled 17 birdies versus 12 bogeys, and ranked 26th in SG: Off-the-Tee (1.770), 26th in SG: Approach (2.998), and 26th in SG: Putting (2.430). On Sunday, the Jacksonville State University (Alabama) product began T7, five shy of leader Keith Mitchell (72), and found four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. He posted 0.520 SG: OTT, 1.464 SG: APP, 1.274 SG: Around, and 3.259 SG: TTG. Wallace squared three bogeys at holes 6, 11 and 18, slightly outpaced by four circles at 2, 4, 15 (from 12'1") and 16, registering a pedestrian -1.051 SGP with 29 total putts, lowlighted by a missed birdie chance at the drivable par-4 14th from 4'0". He is not in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson.
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Playing out of the penultimate twosome, second-round tri-leader and World No. 61 Gary Woodland stalled out to an even-par 33-38=71 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, falling three places to solo 5th on 7-under 277, three adrift of champion Rory McIlroy, who shot 68 out of the final pairing for his third WFC title.
The 36-year-old drops to 1-for-7 as a 36-hole leader/co-leader but does bag his second top 10 of the season in 15 starts, joining a T6 at Valero three starts ago. It's his first top-5 finish since T5 at last season's Workday Charity Open 20 starts and 10 months ago, and assessed afterwards: "Yeah, a little frustrating. I was happy with the way I played, gave myself a lot of chances, just didn't score. Excited for this week off. Pete Cowen's in town, Butch Harmon's coming in town, so I'll have a great week of prep before the PGA." Through nine holes on Sunday, the Kansas alum was tied for the lead with McIlroy, circling back-to-backs at 7 and 8, but stalled out with eight pars and consecutive bogeys at 12 and 13 to end any hopes of a fifth TOUR win in 283 events, first since the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He lost 1.377 strokes approaching in R4 and another 0.394 on-the-green, but gained 2.687 off-the-tee, wrapping the festivities ranked top 25 in all Strokes Gained categories, including 14th in SG: Off-the-Tee (2.754) and 18th in SG: Putting (3.642). This was Woodland's ninth Wells Fargo and second top 10, joining a T4 four tries ago in 2015. For the week, he recorded laps of 67-69-70-71, and totaled 16 birdies versus nine bogeys.
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Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome and making his tournament debut, World No. 11 Viktor Hovland painted a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship for a four-day total of 8-under 276, up four spots to T3, two swings short of champion Rory McIlroy, who won his third WFC with 68 out of the final pairing.
The 23-year-old, who carded one of just two bogey-free laps on Sunday, improves to 15-for-16 on the season with six top 10s, second straight after T3 at last week's Valspar, also in his tourney debut. All six of his top 10s double as top 5s, five of those podiums, while his six top 5s matches Xander Schauffele for the season-lead in that stat. The Oklahoma State product, who was the top-finisher of 27 first-timers at Quail Hollow, is not in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson. For the week, he carded laps of 69-72-68-67, totaled 17 birdies versus nine bogeys, and ranked 6th in SG: Off-the-Tee (4.618), 7th in SG: Tee-to-Green (8.794), and 13th in SG: Putting (3.967). On Sunday, the Norwegian began T7, five back of leader Keith Mitchell (72), and hit eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. He posted 1.601 SG: OTT, 0.602 SG: APP, 0.559 SG: Around, and 2.445 SGP with 27 total putts. Hovland penciled four birdies at holes 4, 7, 14 and 15, two from between nine and 20 feet, and also saved par two times from between eight and 12 feet.
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Playing out of the final twosome, overnight leader and World No. 249 Keith Mitchell backed up with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, dropping two places to a season-best T3 on 8-under 276, two in arrears of playing competitor and champion Rory McIlroy, who claimed his third WFC crown with 68.
The 29-year-old, who falls to 0-for-1 as a 54-hole leader/co-leader, does bag his second top 10 of the season in 18 events, second in his last three, joining a T4 at the Zurich Classic two starts ago teamed with Brandt Snedeker. He was chasing his second TOUR victory in 95 events, first since the 2019 Honda Classic 55 starts ago, but settles for his fourth podium, first since the aforementioned Honda. This was the Georgia alum's third WFC, third payday and second top 10, second consecutive after T8 in 2019. After kicking off with 67-71 and day-low bogey-free 66, he began with a two-shot lead over two players, including McIlroy, and hit five (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. The Tennessee native conjured two birdies at holes a 1 and 13, each from between nine and 15 feet, outbalanced by three squares at 5, 6 and 17. He lost 1.517 strokes around-the-green but gained 0.914 strokes off-the-tee, 0.787 approaching and eked out a 0.023 on-the-green, lowlighted by a 3-putt par at the par-5 seventh (from 65'8"), but did make a second putt for par at the last from 9'10" to secure the top-3 finish. For the week, Mitchell totaled 20 birdies against 10 bogeys and a double, and ranked 2nd in SG: Off-the-Tee (7.397) and 11th in SG: Approach (4.733), but 71st (of 77) in SG: Around (-2.860). He is in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.
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Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, World No. 26 Abraham Ancer twirled a day-low, bogey-free 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to wrap on 9-under 275, up five spots to a career-tying-best solo 2nd, one swing short of champion Rory McIlroy, who won his third WFC title with 68 out of the final pairing.
This is the 30-year-old's fourth podium in 115 events, all four runner-up finishes. It's his first since last season's RBC Heritage as a 54-hole quad-leader, and secured it with one of just two bogey-free laps on Sunday, T3-finisher Viktor Hovland's 67 being the other. The Oklahoma alum, who missed the cut by five on debut in 2018 on 8-over 150 (72-78), improves to 16-for-18 on the season with four top 10s, two straight after solo 5th at last week's Valspar, all four doubling as top 5s. For the week, he carded rounds of 69-70-70-66, tallied 17 birdies versus eight bogeys, and ranked 1st in SG: Approach (7.480), SG: Tee-to-Green (12.055), and Greens in Regulation at 80.56 percent (58/72). On Sunday, he began T7, five back of leader Keith Mitchell (72), and ticked five birdies on 17 GIR, highlighted by a hat-trick at 15-17. The Texas native, who grew up in Mexico, posted 1.739 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.895 SG: APP, 0.684 SG: Around, and 5.319 SG: TTG. His birdie split featured three from between nine and 29 feet, including a 9-footer at the par-3 17th, the most difficult hole on the course, recording 1.706 putts per GIR and 0.684 SGP. Ancer is not in the published field at this coming week's AT&T Byron Nelson.
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Playing out of the final twosome and making his first start since a missed cut at the 85th Masters four weeks ago, two-time past champ and World No. 15 Rory McIlroy, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright and 2/1 fave entering Sunday, erased a 2-shot deficit with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club for a 72-hole tally of 10-under 274, up one place on the day and good for a one-shot triumph over runner-up Abraham Ancer (66), two clear of first-timer Viktor Hovland (67) and overnight leader and playing competitor Keith Mitchell (72), who shared 3rd-place.
The Ulsterman, who celebrated his 32nd birthday five days ago (May 4th), bags his 19th PGA TOUR title in 196 events (195 pro), first since last season's WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov. 2019) 26 starts and 18 months ago as the 54-hole leader by one. This is his ninth victory in come-from-behind fashion, first since a one-shot version at the 2019 TOUR Championship en route to his second FedExCup crown. McIlroy, who was already the event leader in all-time earnings upon check-in, records his eighth top 10 in 10 appearances, second straight after T8 in 2019 as an 18-hole co-leader, and fifth top 5. When he won his first Wells Fargo in 2010 on debut, he came from four back (T7), and when he won again in 2015 as a 3/1 fave outright, he was the 54-hole leader by four and won by seven in a tournament record 21-under 267. The South Florida resident improves to 10-for-13 on the season with five top 10s, first since T10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational four starts ago, and two top 5s, first since T5 at the 84th Masters back in November. After kicking off with 72-66-68, he began T2 and conjured three (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting -0.049 SG: Off-the-Tee, 2.207 SG: Approach, 0.416 SG: Around, and 2.575 SG: Tee-to-Green. After going out in 2-under 33 with birdies at 3 and 7 (from 23'8"), McIlroy co-led with 36-hole co-leader Gary Woodland on 9-under, and took his first outright lead after a Woodland bogey-5 at 12. McIlroy seized control with back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 and a pair of routine pars at the difficult 16th and 17th, leaving him with a two-shot advantage coming to the last. It turned out he would need that cushion after a rope-hook fairway metal off-the-tee led to his decision to take an unplayable lie near the creek in the penalty area, but found the surface from 199 yards away out of the rough, and two putts from 43'10" later, the victory drought had ended. For the week, McIlroy totaled 17 birdies against five bogeys and a double, and ranked 3rd in SG: Putting (6.945), 10th in SG: Approach (5.269), and 9th in SG: Tee-to-Green (7.816).
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