Wells Fargo 2022 Championship standings: Day extends Round 2 lead as Fowler and McIlroy lose pace

TPC Potomac fought back on Friday, as weather was the main storyline in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. With a steady dose of heavy rain falling in the area, players struggled to overcome the soggy golf course, luscious rough and mental strain that inevitably comes with playing in such conditions. The par 70 averaged nearly three strokes for the day, a far cry from the under-par average it yielded to players in the first round.

For the second day in a row, those who played in the afternoon received the favorable end to the match with pockets of no rain during the late surge. Keegan Bradley climbed the standings late with a 5-under 65, but for the majority of Friday it looked like the low rounds would come in the morning thanks to Chad Ramey, Luke List and Max Homa.

With each signing for 4-under 66 rounds, all three are now well positioned to chase Jason Day over the weekend. Day hasn’t lifted a trophy since his 2018 Wells Fargo Championship triumph, and while his swing appears to be in a comfortable position, one wonders how he will react in the later stages of this tournament. The bottom men of the morning wave should have no problems as they proved they were capable on Sunday as all three have wins this season.

The leader

Jason Day (-10): Day’s second round of 3-under 67 was almost as impressive as his near record of 7-under 63 on Thursday. Braving the cold and rainy conditions in Potomac, Maryland, the Australian looked in control and played the front nine (his back nine) perfectly at TPC Potomac. Rarely missing a shot, the former world No. 1 has gained more than five shots from the field and is in control ahead of what will be a rainy weekend.

“It was good to have this round under my belt in these conditions,” said Day. “All the work that I’ve kind of put in during the offseason, off-season weeks, it’s starting to show a lot of signs, and I find a lot of confidence in that swing. Every now and then it comes back to some of the old stuff but the most important thing to me is just not to freak out and take a step back and review my photos and try to trust her as best as I can. hope I’m somewhere, if not, come on Sunday.”

Other suitors

2. Max Homa (-7)

T3. Luke List, James Hahn, Kurt Kitayama, Denny McCarthy (-6)

T7. Chad Ramey, Brian Harman, Keegan Bradley (-5)

Are we sure this edition of the Wells Fargo Championship is not taking place at Quail Hollow Golf Club? Not only did Day win over the typical tournament host, but Hahn and Homa did as well. Another course that requires a strong presence off the tee, if anyone were to blindly stare at the leaderboard they wouldn’t have the faintest clue that TPC Potomac was the venue for this week.

Day, Homa, List and Kitayama are above average in driving distance on the PGA Tour, while Hahn and McCarthy rely on accuracy. I tend to favor powerful players these days, and even more so with wet conditions that effectively widen the fairways. That’s not to say McCarthy and Hahn won’t stay, but their path to victory is much narrower than others near the top.

McCarthy continues to hold firm

No one tells McCarthy that TPC Potomac is supposed to be a forwards paradise. One of the best putters on the PGA Tour, the Maryland native continues to give the home crowd something to cheer about as he stayed in touch with championship midway leaders Wells Fargo. Fifth in shots gained, if McCarthy’s clubs come to his aid in his final 36 holes, this week could very well have a storybook ending.

“Obviously that would be great,” McCarthy said of the chance to win in his home country. “But I’m in such a good frame of mind on the course right now that I think once I’m on the course – even today was nasty – it’s still fun to be in this position where I know I’m up the lead and I feel comfortable doing it, so I’m excited for the weekend.

Rickie, Rory and Wolff are losing ground

T18. Ricky Fowler (-2): The forgotten man of his line, Fowler couldn’t keep up with his competitors, Day and Homa. Heading home 3 over, the putter gave up the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship winner in the inside half as he fell to 2 under for the week. Still, there’s a lot of good to be had from Fowler’s performance over the first two days, and best of all, he’s just five strokes off second place.

T18. Matthew Wolff (-2): Wolff’s day could have gone awry after opening his second lap with a bogey. He would add two double bogeys to the scoreboard, but the 23-year-old continued to show determination and eventually managed to qualify for the weekend. At 2 under, he is currently in the top 20 and could be in contention for his best finish on the PGA Tour in 2022.

T50. Rory McIlroy (A): Wet conditions in the Washington DC area have treated McIlroy well in the past, but not today as the Northern Irishman struggled mightily. Turning 3, McIlroy fought off a left miss from the tee, a big no-no at TPC Potomac, and was unable to muster anything special on his back half as he settled for a round of 3 of 73 to make it cut on the number.

Tweet of the day

Joel Dahmen was in the game to start Friday at TPC Potomac, and after an eagle on the par-4 14th, he was down to 9 under. In command of the lead at this precise moment, the 34-year-old was well on his way to a late tee time on Saturday before a disastrous 10 holes to conclude his second round. Playing that home stretch in 8 plus, Dahmen dropped down the leaderboard and threatened to miss the weekend altogether. After his shopping cart ride, Geno Bonnalie – a Twitter staple – shared this.

Updated odds and picks

Here’s a look at the new odds after 36 holes, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Jason’s day: 7/4
  • Max Homa: 11/2
  • Kegan Bradley: 14-1
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: 16-1
  • Denny McCarthy: 16-1
  • List of Luke: 18-1
  • Brian Harman: 18-1
  • Tyrrell Hatton: 22-1

Do you trust Jason Day or not? This is the question that must be answered before placing a bet. If you don’t, like me, the options are plentiful, and the inclusion of Homa and Fitzpatrick yesterday gives way to some aggression further down the odds table. I still believe in Abraham Ancer, who is listed at 35-1, but someone with the firepower of Tony Finau at 2 under could make an interesting play at 55-1.