Homa wins Wells Fargo Championship by three strokes

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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.

That would be Geno Bonnalie, who two years ago when McIlroy parted with his caddie put out a mock application for the job on social media that began by taking credit for guiding Dahmen to a tie for 68th in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

After an erratic front side that included a double bogey, two bogeys, a birdie and an eagle, Dahmen birdied three of the first five holes on the backside. McIlroy made double bogey at No. 8, and then went over the green on No. 9 for a bogey and a 70.

But while rallied on the back nine, making four birdies and a bogey in his first five holes on the way home, and needed only a par at the 18th to finish eighth and clinch a cheque for $244,000, he racked up a costly six at the tough finishing hole.

LPGA: In Daly City, California, Sei Young Kim shot a 4-under 68 at Lake Merced to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.

Another bogey on No. 11 probably sunk Dahmen's chances, although he got that shot back with a birdie on No. 14.

"At least I can have champagne in my flute", McIlroy said of his 30th birthday plans.

Three consecutive par putts from just over five feet kept Homa s lead intact, the last of them coming at 14 after a rain delay drenched the course.

"I knew in the back of my mind that if I make that putt, I win this golf tournament", Homa said of the putt on 13. "I'm usually good with words, but I don't think I have any".

Englishman Justin Rose (68) was another shot back in third, while Spaniard Sergio Garcia tied for fourth on nine-under.

"I didn t beat myself, which was the goal, and Max was playing awesome".

"One of the holes today I felt I was going to throw up but my hands felt unbelievable on the club, felt as solid as a rock and golf swing and putting stroke were as good as I could have imagined". He made another birdie on 11 to get to 15 under, which is the place he stood when the horn blew to stop play because of perilous climate going through the territory. I don't really care about trophies, to be honest.

With two players going for their first win, and Dufner still trying to emerge from a slump, McIlroy liked his position two shots behind. He heard "Happy Birthday" at every turn, made his first birdie as a 30-year-old on the par-5 seventh hole and looked to be ready to make a move when he hit from a loose divot on the 12th fairway to just outside 10 feet.

"It's wild. I guess my whole world's a little bit different now", he told reporters after a performance that earned him a two-year PGA Tour exemption, along with invitations to this month's PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

Homa always had the talent, winning the NCAA title at Cal with a three-shot victory over Jon Rahm. He's tied for seventh with Seamus Power at 7-under for the tournament and four behind the leaders.

Rory McIlroy says that he has found the greens at Quail Hollow Club the most challenging this week due to the firmness and trickiness in play.

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