09 May 2022 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Day rallies for top-15 finish

by PGA of Australia

Jason Day.

By Tony Webeck

A drought-breaking win again proved elusive yet Jason Day has recorded his best finish in three months at the Wells Fargo Championship in Maryland.

A three-shot leader through 54 holes, Day’s tournament aspirations took a fatal hit with a third-round 79 in atrocious conditions at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm but he bounced back with a closing 70 to earn a tie for 15th.

It is his best result since another near miss at the Famers Insurance Open in January and provides a timely boost in confidence in the countdown to the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills starting May 19.

Making the turn in one-over, Day birdied the par-5 10th to get back to square and then picked up another birdie when he drove the green at the par-4 14th.

A failure to get up-and-down at the par-4 15th resulted in a second bogey for the round in what was an emotional occasion for the Day family.

The first mother’s day since the passing of his mother Dening, Day wrote a moving column for Golfweek celebrating the influence she had on his life and that of his own family.

“When she was first diagnosed, I was so angry that lung cancer threatened to take my mum from us early,” Day wrote.

“Today, I am grateful for the additional memories we’ve built throughout her lung cancer journey. From weeknight dinners, painting classes and vacations to my mum being there for those priceless moments during holidays with our children, her diagnosis helped us realise that our time as a family should never be taken for granted.”

Kiwi Ryan Fox continued his strong season on the DP World Tour, rising to 13th on the DP World Tour Rankings with a top-10 finish at the Betfred British Masters in England.

Tied for the lead after the first round, an eagle at the par-5 17th on Sunday elevated the Ras Al Khaimah Classic champion to a tie for eighth and will deliver a lift on his current Official World Golf Ranking of 110.

It was a strong finish too for Stuart Appleby at the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Georgia, a Sunday 67 resulting in a 20-spot climb up the leaderboard and into a tie for 14th, seven shots back of champion Steve Flesch.

Results

PGA TOUR Wells Fargo Championship TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm, Potomac, Maryland Winner Max Homa         67-66-71-68—272           $US1.62m          T15        Jason Day           63-67-79-70—279           $141,750 MC        Danny Lee          68-73—141 MC        Cam Davis          67-75—142 MC        Cameron Percy  70-72—142 MC        Marc Leishman 68-75—143 MC        Brett Drewitt     72-72—144 MC        Matt Jones         73-72—145 MC        Aaron Baddeley 74-84—158

DP World Tour Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England Winner Thorbjørn Olesen            66-70-69-73—278           €369,213 T8          Ryan Fox             66-73-72-71—282           €40,477 T45        Jason Scrivener 70-74-73-71—288           €11,076 MC        Maverick Antcliff             73-72—145 MC        Zach Murray      74-73—147 MC        Wade Ormsby   73-75—148

Korn Ferry Tour Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation The Grove, College Grove, Tennessee Winner Brent Grant       69-65-69-69—272           $US135,000 T48        Harrison Endycott           71-67-71-76—285           $3,300 MC        Nick Voke           69-74—143 MC        Curtis Luck         69-76—145 MC        Ryan Ruffels      73-75—148 MC        Rhein Gibson     77-72—149

Asian Tour The 41st GS Caltex Maekyung Open Namseoul Country Club, Korea Winner Bio Kim 67-68-68-72—275           $US255,536 T50        Won Joon Lee    70-72-73-76—291           $5,025 MC        Junseok Lee       71-76—147 MC        Kevin Yuan         72-75—147 MC        Travis Smyth      75-72—147 MC        Cory Crawford  75-74—149 MC        Scott Strange     77-75—152 MC        Will Heffernan  83-76—159

Ladies European Tour Madrid Ladies Open Jarama-RACE Golf Club, Madrid, Spain Winner Ana Pelaez         69-67-63-66—265           €45,000 T60        Kristalle Blum    71-70-75-78—294           €1,005

PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Quito Open Quito Tenis y Golf Club, Quito, Ecuador Winner Manav Shah       63-69-68-66—266 T21        Denzel Ieremia  72-67-66-73—278 MC        Charlie Hillier     75-72—147

Champions Tour Mitsubishi Electric Classic TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia Winner Steve Flesch       67-73-65—205  $270,000 T14        Stuart Appleby  73-72-67—212  $28,058 T39        John Senden      71-72-74—217  $8,280 T47        Rod Pampling    70-73-75—218  $5,940 T61        Stephen Leaney 74-72-75—221  $2,790 WD        Robert Allenby  76

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