Jason Day Back in the Winner’s Circle
Charlotte, NC- Jason Day has won the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. This is Day’s 12th win on the PGA Tour and his second victory in 2018. Day played the lead role in the exciting finish at Quail Hollow as he put on a driving exhibition to win by 2 shots over former NCAA Champion and PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise and Nick Watney. The tournament victory was no walk-in-the-park, however.
Although Jason Day began Sunday with a 2-shot advantage over his playing partner Watney, multiple players were making a charge up the leaderboard and challenging the veteran from Australia. Even after 3 birdies at 7, 8, and 10, he only advanced his lead to 3-strokes. Day finally slipped up and made bogey at 13 and then another bogey at the short par-4 14th after hitting his drive into the water.
Aaron Wise took advantage of Day’s misfortune after having put together a marvelous Sunday round. Tied for the lead with Day on the back nine, the PGA Tour rookie was at 10-under par after making a testy par putt on 16 and put the pressure on Day.
Jason Day, however, rose to the occasion.
Jason birdied 16 and then went to the 17th – statistically the hardest hole on the course this week. And at 223 yards, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. With a 7-iron, he struck the pin, leaving all but a tap-in for birdie. And as no other competitors could get past the 10-under mark, Jason walked into the 18th green with a two stroke lead and a chance to relish and enjoy a soon-to-be victory.
His wife Ellie, son Dash and daughter Lucy all joined him on the green for the celebration once the final putt dropped.
Notables in the field: Phil Mickelson shot a final round 2-under 69 for a T5 finish. Bryson DeChambeau finished the tournament solo 4th at 8-under. Masters Champion Patrick Reed finished 8th at 6-under. Rory McIlroy finished at 3-under good for a T16.
Next week the PGA Tour heads to TPC Sawgrass for the PLAYERS Championship.
Jason Day WITB
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 50° & 56°, TaylorMade Hi-Toe 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x