Day captures Wells Fargo for 2nd win of year

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day fought through some wayward tee shots and his own self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday and win the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, his second victory of the season.

After squandering a three-shot lead on the back nine, Day’s tee shot on the difficult 230-yard par-3 17th hole crashed into the pin and settled less than 3 feet away. He made the putt to take a two-shot lead, becoming the only player to birdie the hole in the final round.

Day finished at 12-under 272.

“One of the best wins I have ever had,” said Day, who never felt on top of his game on Sunday.

He missed more than half the fairways — including an ugly hook into the water on the par-4 14th — hit just eight greens in regulation and made four bogeys on the day. But he toughed it out on the final three holes at Quail Hollow nicknamed the “Green Mile,” playing them in 2 under.

“You play sit there and play mental games with yourself, subconsciously saying, ‘You can’t do this. You’re going to fail, you’re going to fail,'” Day said. “I just kept on saying to myself, ‘Forget about it and keep pushing.'”

Tiger Woods was a non-factor, shooting 74 to finish 14 shots back. He failed to make a birdie in the final round of a tournament for the first time since 2014.

Elsewhere:

n Bernhard Langer won his first PGA Tour Champions event of the year when he saved par on the final hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot victory in the Insperity Invitational. Langer had to rally from as many as four shots behind in the final round at the TPC Woodlands. He birdied two straight holes around the turn, added birdies on both par 5s on the back nine and then had to scramble for par. The 60-year-old Langer won for the 37th time on the PGA Tour Champions, which trails only Hale Irwin’s 45. It was Langer’s fourth win at the Insperity Invitational.

n Sung Hyun Park sprinted to the finish in the weather-abbreviated LPGA Texas Classic on Sunday, chipping in for birdie on the final hole to close out a 5-under 66 in the second and final round, good for a one-shot victory over Lindy Duncan. The sweet-swinging 24-year-old South Korean, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5, ended up needing that chip to drop to survive a late charge by Duncan, who birdied her final three holes for a 64, the low round of the tournament. Park finished with a two-round total of 11-under 131 for her third LPGA Tour victory and first since last season.

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