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Mixed bag for McIlroy as Day secures Wells Fargo triumph


Level headed: Rory McIlroy on the sixth hole last night

Level headed: Rory McIlroy on the sixth hole last night

Level headed: Rory McIlroy on the sixth hole last night

Jason Day clinched the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow last night as Rory McIlroy only managed a level-par final round to finish on three under for the tournament, nine shots behind the Australian.

Day mixed six birdies with four bogeys during his final round in a thrilling battle with American Aaron Wise, who finished two shots back and shared second place with Nick Watney.

Ulsterman McIlroy, who won his first USPGA event at the course in 2010, hit three birdies - on the seventh, eighth and 16th - yesterday, but they were cancelled out by bogeys on the 11th, 14th and 18th.

McIlroy will join Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a mouth-watering threesome in The Players at TPC Sawgrass this week.

The PGA Tour also announced that Tiger Woods would join Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in another featured group in the PGA Tour's flagship event in Jacksonville.

Woods will be hoping to improve on his putting performance at Quail Hollow last night, where he failed to make a birdie in a three-over 74 that left him near the back of the field on three-over par.

West Waterford's Seamus Power suffered on the Green Mile with two late bogeys costing him a top 25 finish.

Graeme McDowell also dropped late shots at the 15th and 16th as he signed for a 72 to finish on one-under.

Neither Power nor McDowell has qualified for this week's $11m event but Shane Lowry heads there with a spring in his step after signing off with a two-under 69 at Quail Hollow to finish inside the top 40 on level par.

And Ireland's Gavin Moynihan almost doubled his career earnings on the European Tour for two days' work after partnering Paul Dunne to victory in the second edition of GolfSixes.

Moynihan (23) chipped in for birdie on the first play-off hole to secure victory over South Korea in the semis in St Albans.

Belfast Telegraph