At the halfway stage of this year’s Wells Fargo Championship three players are tied at the top for the lead, Americans Wyndham Clark and Nate Lashley and Englishman Tyrell Hatton lead on -8 after their first 36 holes. Here our Wells Fargo Championship Round 1 & 2 Recap
In what is a tightly packed leaderboard, six players, which include Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott and Sungjae-Im will all start today’s third round within one stroke of the trio at the top.
After the first eighteen holes of this year’s Wells Fargo Championship world number 25 Tommy Fleetwood finished round 1 as the tournament’s leader.
Recording a bogey free 65, Fleetwood led the tournament by one stroke heading into the second round.
Whereas the Englishman was able to keep his card clean during his first eighteen holes, he found trouble right away in his second round, dropping a shot on the par four first hole to immediately fall back into the chasing pack.
On a day where conditions were ripe for scoring, Fleetwood would have been disappointed to have only been able to shoot level par for his second round and will start today two shots behind the leaders on -6.
After respectable opening rounds, Wyndham Clark, Nate Lashley and Tyrell Hatton all posted great second round scores to vault themselves to the top of the leaderboard.
Hatton showed exactly why he is ranked inside the world’s top twenty with one of the best rounds of the day. His -6, 65 could have been even better had it not been for two costly bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes.
Clark has recorded two top ten finishes in his last four starts, and it isn’t a surprise to see him competing well once again this week. A second consecutive round of 67 has left him well placed to win his first ever PGA tournament.
Of the three leaders it is Nate Lashley who is perhaps the most surprising. Ranked outside of the top 200, Lashley is looking to land his first PGA Tour title since the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic. A bogey free round of 66 yesterday has left him well placed to make a further move today.
Twenty four players will tee off their third round within four strokes of the lead at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship. With so many players in contention, it isn’t a surprise to see that the outright tournament odds are tight.
One of the current favorites for the tournament is Tyrell Hatton who will be looking to build on the positive momentum he gained in yesterday’s second round.
The winner of the 2020 Arnold Palmer, Hatton went through the entirety of 2022 without picking up a title. For a player of his undoubted abilities he will be wanting to set that record right this weekend.
Joining Hatton as one of the tournament favorites is Xander Schauffele. A back injury derailed the start of the American’s 2023 season, but three consecutive top ten finishes would seem to indicate that his injury woes are behind him. Starting today one off the lead, many will be expecting him to make a move and throw down a real challenge to those around him.
Rounding out the top three in the betting is Justin Thomas. Like his American compatriot Schauffele, 2023 hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts, but the two-time major winner will be hoping to spark his season into life here. His 67 yesterday could have been even better had it not been for two costly dropped shots down the finishing stretch. With his game trending in the right direction he could be a great value option today.
When it comes to value there seems to be no better option than Adam Scott. Now a veteran of the tour, the Aussie can be backed at huge odds considering he is just one stroke off the lead. A fourteen-time winner on Tour, Scott knows how to get the job done and could be one to invest in today.
Starting the third round three strokes off the lead is the defending champion, Max Homa. Homa got off to a hot start in 2023 but his form in recent weeks has curtailed. Showing signs that his game is starting to spark again, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Californian near the top of the leaderboard at the end of play today.
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