At the start of the back nine, the duo of Max Homa and Keegan Bradley were locked in a stalemate, with both men standing at eight-under-par as a two-way battle for victory commenced.
But, in what would become a common theme throughout the back nine, the pair would produce an up-and-down duel that saw the lead range from one to three shots. However, after a tense contest, it was Homa who came out on top, with the 31-year-old picking up a fourth PGA Tour title and second Wells Fargo Championship.
"Perspective was running rampant today!" Joked Homa, who not only claimed his first title on Mother's Day, but he and his wife, Lacey Croom, are expecting their first child in November.
"It feels good. Obviously it is a special day and life is good. I've got a good life and I'm playing some good golf. I've got a great support system on this Tour. I mean, these people are a little crazy, but they are super awesome, but I feel like I am coming into my own and starting to believe in myself a little bit more.
"Keegan is a really good golfer. He hits it so well and he holed some really good putts. I was just trying to play my own game and see what happens. He made an unbelievable birdie on 16 whilst I was trying to not make double, so I knew he wasn't really going to go away."
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Beginning the final day, it was Bradley who held a two-shot advantage over his fellow countryman, with the American looking to secure his first PGA Tour title since September 2018.
Over the first two holes though, we saw a three-shot swing, with Homa's birdie at the 1st being followed by a double bogey by Bradley at the 2nd. Following the start, the pair did indeed produce some quality, with birdies from both meaning they headed into the back nine in a share of eight-under-par.
Two holes later, that level score was a three shot advantage in Homa's favour, with the 31-year-old's birdie on the 10th followed by yet another double bogey by Bradley. You would have thought that a three-shot margin would be comfortable, but, just three holes later, the deficit was back to one.
Yet again, that tight gap didn't last long, with a birdie from Homa at the 15th being followed by a bogey from Bradley. Surely the win was in Homa's grasp? Well, not yet, as, on the par 3 16th, both men traded a birdie and bogey to get back to one.
Following traded pars at the 17th, Bradley would rue a costly second shot from a fairway bunker at the last. Faced with 177 yards, the 35-year-old's ball struck the lip of the fairway bunker and rolled down the fairway, instantly handing the advantage back to his opponent.
As a result, it was Homa's to lose and, after finding the centre of the green, he would duly two-putt for a fourth PGA Tour title and his second Wells Fargo Championship
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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