McIlroy in the hunt as trio lead Wells Fargo Championship


He capped off his display by sinking a 10-foot putt at the last as two ducks waddled nearby on the fringe of the green, oblivious to Homa's life-changing moment.

Nobody finishes the Wells Fargo Championship better than McIlroy. I went to some low, low places. I'm getting married in a few months.

Suddenly, the immediate future is bright as can be. "And I feel like I was both of those today". A big Los Angeles Dodgers fan, his victory also got him a phone call from former manager Tom Lasorda during the middle of his post-victory news conference.

During the delay, Homa spoke about being more focused on his mental game than his actual game as he played his final round - and it was a strategy that paid off.

"I'm not really trying to be mediocre", he said.

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Homa then earned his spot at the top after a mistake from Dahmen on nine, and with birdie putts from 14 feet on 10, 13 feet on 11 and another dropped shot from Dahmen, his lead suddenly stretched to four. He didn't make a bogey until it only affected the final margin. Play was stopped for just over an hour as Homa was nearing the end of his round. With time he didn't need on his hands, he called his fiancée and his coach and can't remember what either of them said. "Max is playing awesome. I think we're going to celebrate tonight".

It was a different story for McIlroy, who trailed the leaders by two strokes overnight but finished eight behind Homa after shooting a two-over 73 for a share of eighth. He drove the green on the par-4 14th for another birdie.

"It says this stone cutter is chopping away at this boulder and he swings at it one time, two times, three times, one hundred times without a dent being made on it and on the 101 time it completely breaks apart and it says: "a wise man knows it was not the 101 blow that did it, it was the 100 that came before it" and I was like this is me, right now".

"It means a lot to me to do this under pressure and job security's great. I haven't had that".

McIlroy, twice a victor of the event, three-putted the seventh to only make par and another three-putt led to a dropped shot at the ninth. He never got anything going until it went the wrong way. McIlroy returned and ran his birdie putt 5 feet by the hole, missed the next one and lost ground with a bogey.

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Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler (both 68s), Paul Casey (69) and third-round co-leader Jason Dufner (73) tied for fourth while two-time tournament victor Rory McIlroy (73) struggled in the final round to finish in a share of eighth. His bogey on No. 16 was costly, dropping him back to 1 under. But then he answered with a shot into 12 feet on the par-5 seventh for eagle and a wedge to 6 feet for birdie on the next hole, and he was solid the rest of the way. By the time Sergio Garcia reached double digits under par, Homa was well on his way.

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.

He survived the rain delay, the nervy finish.

Dufner turned 42 in March and realizes he doesn't have many years left to compete at a high level.

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