USA trio shares PGA lead with McIlroy, Rose lurking

Wells Fargo Championship Round 3 live blog Homa Dahmen tied for lead	
				Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

With some of the world's best players chasing him, Max Homa remained composed as he claimed his maiden PGA Tour title by three shots at Quail Hollow with a final round four-under 67 to finish on 15-under-par. "I turned a 66 into a 70", McIlroy said.

Along the way, Homa, who began the day in a three-way tie for first at 11-under with Dahmen (who shot 70 Sunday) and Jason Dufner (73), stared down challenges from some of the game's biggest names, accomplished champions Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor of the Wells Fargo and a multiple major victor, Justin Rose, the No. 2 ranked player in the world, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. The trio sits at 11-under 202 through 54 holes.

"(I am) over the moon, man", Homa, the 2013 American collegiate individual champion, said in a greenside interview after punching his ticket for the year's second major, the PGA Championship starting on Thursday at Bethpage in NY. Now it's his turn to play in the final group on Sunday with Dufner.

"Played first six holes well today, pretty steady and then the three-putt on seven derailed any momentum I had", the Northern Irishman told reporters. He missed a 3-foot par putt. 14 and 15 to get back to even.

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Homa grabbed the lead for good when Dahmen bogeyed No. 9, breaking a tie that had lasted for much of the front nine.

Homa made the putt and, after a birdie on No. 15, he would face Quail Hollow's famed "Green Mile" finishing holes with a four-stroke lead.

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But he has been gaining a degree of confidence.

McIlroy was paired with Homa in Saturday's third round and said he came away "very impressed". "I was kind of waiting for this to happen". I don't really care about trophies, to be honest. I felt like nobody knew who I was, no one cared. His 63 on Friday remains tied for the low round of the tournament thus far.

He botched a pitch shot at the short par-four eighth to settle for par, and went bogey, double-bogey at the next two holes to become an afterthought down the stretch.

Pat Perez had a bogey-free 66 and was one shot behind.

Homa won for the first time in his 68th start as a pro and the victory gets him a two-year exemption, a spot at the PGA Championship in two weeks at Bethpage Black and the Masters next April. Fans serenaded him with "Happy Birthday" a few times. "Golf, it's a amusing game and these things happen".

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

"The moment of the day - and perhaps his career to date - was a six-foot par-saving putt he made on No. 14 after a 62-minute rain delay during which he had to think about it before going out and hitting it". He shares ninth place with four others, including Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.

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