Jason Day fought through some wayward tee shots and his self-doubt to shoot a 2-unde-par 69 on Sunday and win the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., by two strokes over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, Day's second victory of the season. That set up the shot of the tournament on the 17th, a hole with water short, left and long of the green that gave players fits all day because the putting surface was so firm that it was tough to stop the ball.
Rory McIlroy bounced back into the mix at the Wells Fargo Championship following a five-under-par 66 at the North Carolina event.
Peter Uihlein finished the front nine with five straight birdies and started the back nine with an eagle.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, was another who fought back in round three to make the move back under par following a three under 68.
Nick Watney - in the final group for the first time in nearly four years - lies in second after overcoming a double bogey on the 10th with four birdies on the last six holes.
"I'd much rather be in this position than chasing", Day said.
Day led the field in strokes gained: around the green (plus-4.962) and got up-and-down from the bunker an impressive 15-of-16 times (93.75 percent) with three TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges, including a 60-degree Hi-Toe model that features grooves in the extreme toe. He made three birdies, including on No. 7 and No. 8 for the second time this tournament, but also two bogeys.
"I would hit it and it would launch high and just spin out of the air", Day said. "Hit some good drives that just ended up off the fairway, some landed in the fairway, so I wasn't disappointed with that".
When Woods finally came off the green at No. 18, he knew he'd blown some positioning for Sunday. I've had ample time to make the adjustment, and I just haven't. From a safe tee shot, he threw his approach into the rough on the right to avoid the creek, chipped on and made his seven-footer for the comfortable win. "The chances I did have, I missed them all".
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"If I would have made a few more putts or just putting normal, I would have been up there next to the lead", Woods said.
"I didn't putt well again", Woods said. "It was one of those rounds. I mean, 9 under around this place is pretty good". McIlroy three-putted the 18th and still shot 5 under. "I'm hitting the ball well enough to contend but I'm just not making any putts".
"I feel like it's right on the end of the tip", he said, smiling and rubbing together the tips of his fingers.
However, a win at Torrey Pines in January showed that he was back in business, and his latest victory is projected to elevate him to seventh in the world rankings before the spotlight turns to the The Players Championship, which he won in 2016.