CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jason Day channeled his inner LeBron James and captured his second PGA Tour event of the season.
Day said he drew inspiration from James' Game 3 buzzer-beater against the Toronto Raptors before he pulled off his own clutch shot on Sunday.
Leading by a stroke, Day's 7-iron hit the flagstick on the 230-yard, par-3 17th hole, setting up a 3-foot birdie putt and a two-shot victory over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“That is what I am most happy about,” Day said. “When you are on call to do something good and you pull it off, to be clutch like that, with a lot of heart. ... I'm glad I watched LeBron James this morning.”
The 30-year-old Australian fought through some wayward tee shots and self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday. He finished at 12-under 272.
“One of the best wins I have ever had,” said Day, who never felt on top of his game on Sunday.
He missed more than half the fairways – including an ugly hook into the water on the par-4 14th – hit just eight greens in regulation and made four bogeys on the day, squandering a three-shot lead on the back nine. But he toughed it out on the final three holes at Quail Hollow playing them in 2 under.
It was the Day's 12th career win on the PGA Tour. The former world No. 1 also won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year after a winless 2017. The win elevated him from 14th in the world to No. 7.
Tiger Woods was a non-factor too, shooting 74 to finish 14 shots back. He failed to make a birdie in the final round of a tournament for the first time since 2014.
CHAMPIONS: In The Woodlands, Texas, Bernhard Langer won his first PGA Tour Champions event of the year when he saved par on the final hole and closed for a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory in the Insperity Invitational.
Paul Goydos (68) led for much of the back nine until a bogey on the 18th hole. He tied for second with Jeff Maggert and Bart Bryant, who each had a 69.
The 60-year-old Langer won for the 37th time on the PGA Tour Champions, which trails only Hale Irwin's 45. The victory also moved Langer to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
LPGA: In The Colony, Texas, Sung Hyun Park chipped in from behind the green for birdie on the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory in the LPGA Texas Classic, a tournament cut to 36 holes because of rain.
Park finished at 11-under 131.
Lindy Duncan birdied her last three holes for a 64 to finish one shot behind. Yu Liu of China had a 66 and was another shot back.
EUROPEAN: In St. Albans, England, Ireland won the second edition of the GolfSixes tournament as Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne beat the French pair of Romain Wattel and Mike Lorenzo-Vera in the final on Sunday.
The Irish overcame the England Women's team of Charley Hull and Georgia Hall 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the six-hole match play event, then beat South Korea in the semifinals, with Moynihan chipping in for a birdie on the first playoff hole.