Regardless of the location, Max Homa wins the Wells Fargo Championship for the second time in three years
Homa won this event—in 2019 it was at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, and this week, it was at a TPC Potomac course in Maryland that more resembled an Open Championship course with wind, rain, and cold temperatures.
Homa, who now has four-career PGA Tour wins, shot a 2-under 68 to hold off a trio of golfers that included Keegan Bradley, who came into Sunday with a two-stroke lead.
Homa was 3-under par for the day after birdieing the 10th hole, and he played 1-over the rest of the way. Bradley shot a two-over 72 in the final round. The victor ended up with an 8-under 272 for the tournament, which was two shots ahead of the runners-up.
“I very fortunately packed a good attitude, because I think that was almost more important than what I was wearing,” Homa said, referring to the chilly and wet conditions that required patience on the course over the final three rounds.
Homa moved up to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings after notching his second win of the year—he won the season-opening Fortinet Championship in Napa this past September. He joins Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Smith, Sam Burns, and Hideki Matsuyama as multi-time winners this season.
The event was held at TPC Potomac because Quail Hollow will be hosting the Presidents Cup in September, and with this win, Homa has put himself in a position to play for the U.S. team in that event against international competition.
“I care about nothing more than making that Presidents Cup team, so I really hope captain Davis Love III was watching today,” Homa remarked.
Bradley was one shot back going into the final hole, but Homa reached the green off the tee on the par-3 18th, while Bradley settled for a bogey.
“I’m pretty bummed; I felt pretty good about this one,” Bradley said after falling to 0-for-4 when having at least a share of the lead after 54 holes.
Bradley was joined by Matt Fitzpatrick, who continued his solid season with the second runner-up finish of his career, and Cameron Smith at -6.
Rory McIlroy, the defending champion, finished in sole possession of fifth after shooting a 68. Three of his rounds this weekend were in the 60s, with a second-round 73 hurting his chances to repeat. But even so, McIlroy, who finished in second place at the Masters in his last start, is feeling good going into a stretch where there are three majors in the next two months.
“No complaints with the game. Everything feels pretty solid. Just a couple things here and there coming down the stretch, a couple missed putts, but really apart from that I feel like the game’s in good shape,” McIlroy said after his round.
Lanto Griffin, Stephan Jaeger, and Anirban Lahiri tied for sixth at -3, and there was a six-way tie for ninth at -2 among Stewart Cink, J.T. Poston, Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Schenk, Brian Harman, and James Hahn.
While many of the top international stars are taking a week off before the PGA Championship, several of the top American golfers are playing in the AT&T Byron Nelson this week, including world’s No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, and Dustin Johnson. The tournament has had back-to-back winners from South Korea—K.H. Lee last year and Sung Kang in 2019.