Homa wins Wells Fargo Championship by three strokes

Homa wins Wells Fargo Championship by three strokes

Rory McIlroy remains in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship as Jason Dufner was left in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round.

McIlroy began the day two off Max Homa's lead and looking for his third title at Quail Hollow.

Rose pulled within two shots with a birdie on the par-5 10th, only to settle into a series of pars.

McIlroy, who has twice won the Wells Fargo title (2010 and 2015), finished with a double bogey on No. 8 (his 17th hole) and a bogey on No. 9.

The Northern Irishman three-putted the par-5 seventh hole for par, botched a pitch at the easy par-4 eighth, and then went bogey, double-bogey at the next two.

"I used to say, when I hit rock bottom I found a shovel and kept digging, " Homa said.

Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship victor, closed with a double bogey to fall back after lurking within reach much of the day.

"It's been a while since I've been in the lead or competing for the tournament, but I know what that feels like", Dufner said.

Before he could attempt a five-foot par putt at the 14th, a torrential hail storm took the players off the course and left the Quail Hollow greens under water. He handled the bustling crowd - he played with McIlroy - to seize the lead for most of the day until a tough bogey from behind a tree on the 18th for a 70. Obviously, we have a long 18 holes to go on a hard golf course, but I'm proud of the round.

Two shots behind at the turn, Korhonen birdied two straight holes to catch Hebert, and Hebert had to birdie the last at Genzon Golf Club for a 69 to force the playoff.

Joel Dahmen made his first bogey of the week on his final hole of the second round - from the middle of the fairway, no less - but still had a 66 and was one-shot behind.

"I thought I was going to be a lot more nervous in those opening holes, and I wasn't", Dahmen said. "I think I did that today".

Two years ago in his second try on the PGA Tour, he made only two cuts the entire season and played only one round on a Sunday. He was the second-youngest player (14 years, 6 months, 12 days) to make the cut in in a European Tour event.

No one else was much of a threat either, just two guys who had never come remotely close to winning on the PGA Tour. He started play Saturday with a par putt on his fourth hole.

"To shoot 15-under par for the week, that's really good golf around here, " McIlroy said.

The PGA Tour is now just one event away from the second major of the year, The PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park in NY beginning on May 16th. He's tied for seventh with Seamus Power at 7-under for the tournament and four behind the leaders.

Tenth-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta recorded a 66 and is five shots behind in a tie for ninth with Sergio Garcia of Spain, who had the low round of the day at 65, Doc Redman (67), Vaughn Taylor (68) and Patrick Reed (71).

Four-time major victor McIlroy, twice a champion at Quail Hollow, was a threat entering the final round but struggled to a 73 to share eighth on 277.

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