Wyndham Clark wins Wells Fargo Championship despite his lead evaporating by two shots early in the final round – as he fends off Xander Schauffele for the win
- Wyndham Clark’s two-shot advantage was wiped out in the first three holes
- Clark had a great response on five of the next eight holes in his round
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Wyndham Clark overcame the rapid loss of his lead overnight to claim his first PGA Tour title in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Clark’s two-shot lead was wiped out in the first three holes and the 29-year-old American found himself a shot behind playing partner Xander Schauffele after seven holes of the final round at Quail Hollow.
Clark reacted superbly to birdie five of the next eight, however, and with Schauffele stumbling around the turn, victory became something of a formality.
A closing 68 gave Clark a winning total of 19 under par and a four-shot victory over Schauffele, with England’s Tyrrell Hatton and America’s Harris English three strokes further back in third.
Tommy Fleetwood and former world number one Adam Scott tied for fifth place at 11 under.
Wyndham Clark poses with his trophy after the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship
Clark with the trophy after winning the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship
“Gosh, sorry, I’m a little confused,” Clark told CBS after joining the likes of Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Max Homa to make the Wells Fargo Championship their first PGA Tour title. to make.
“It’s been five long years to get to this point in the Tour and I thought I’d had one before but it’s well worth the wait and I’m so thankful.
“There’s so much to it and there are so many times I wanted to cry and break clubs – and I’ve broken the club at times – on this journey and to get to this point is so sweet.
“It’s just great to finally be doing this.
“I didn’t start great, I was a bit shaky and I think I may have folded over the years. This time I just stayed patient and persevered and got hot in the back.”
Clark kneels as he poses next to his trophy after winning the Wells Fargo Championship
Schauffele was left to costly dropped shots on the ninth and eleventh, telling reporters:
“If you’re trying to win on Sunday you have to turn the screws down and put some pressure on the guys in the lead and I didn’t do that.
“I probably had to shoot under seven again today to tie him or win by one difference.
“I think if I could have put a little bit of pressure through that mid-section where I started leaking oil, it probably would have looked a little different.
‘I’m playing very solid again and unfortunately had a flat Sunday.’