Max Homa became the fifth player to earn his first career PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, joining Anthony Kim (2008), Rory McIlroy (2010), Rickie Fowler (2012) and Derek Ernst (2013). Homa, who entered the week ranked 96th this season on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting, led the field in that statistic in Charlotte.
Last August, Homa finished the second round of the Web.com Tour’s Winco Foods Portland Open with four straight birdies to make the cut on the number. Without that flurry, he would not have qualified for the Web.com Tour playoffs last season, and in turn not earned his PGA Tour card for the 2018-19 season. Now, Homa is exempt on the PGA Tour and will be in the field in two weeks at the PGA Championship, his first major as a professional.
Entering last week, Homa had earned a combined $1.51M in his Web.com and PGA Tour careers. For his victory Sunday, he collected $1.44M.
Justin Rose wound up in third place, his best finish since winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Since the beginning of 2017, Rose has made 56 official worldwide starts. He has finished in the top-10 a staggering 35 times during that stretch – a clip of 62.5 percent.
It was a disappointing 73 on Sunday for Rory McIlroy, who entered the final round just two shots off the lead. McIlroy, the only player to win the Wells Fargo Championship multiple times, made double bogey on the par-five tenth hole Sunday. It was the first time McIlroy has made double or worse on a par-five in the final round of a PGA Tour event since 2010.
After surviving a final round 75, Sei Young Kim birdied the first hole of a three-woman playoff to win the LPGA’s Mediheal Championship in Lake Merced, California. Kim has now won eight times on the LPGA Tour, all since February of 2015. Kim is just the fifth South Korean player to win eight or more times in LPGA history.
Bronte Law began the final round ten shots off the lead at Lake Merced. She shot a sparkling 65 to tie the lead after 72 holes but fell short to Kim in the playoff. With a victory, Law would have equaled the largest final round comeback to win in the history of the LPGA, done three times: in 1964 by Mickey Wright, 2001 by Annika Sorenstam, and in 2008 by Louise Friberg.
Scott McCarron won for the second time in three weeks on the PGA Tour Champions, taking the Insperity Invitational. McCarron led the field in birdies (20 in 54 holes played), putting average and par-four scoring. This is the fourth straight season McCarron has had multiple victories on the PGA Tour Champions.
Mikko Korhonen of Finland picked up his second career European Tour victory at the Volvo China Open. For the week, Korhonen ranked fourth in the field in strokes gained putting, led the field in bogey avoidance and hit 85 percent of his greens in regulation.
The European Tour heads this week to the British Masters, where Eddie Pepperell is the defending champion. No player has won the British Masters in consecutive years since Greg Norman did it in 1981 and 1982.