Max Homa, Joel Dahmen, and Jason Dufner finished the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship with a share of the lead on 11-under par. The trio were one clear of Pat Perez, two in front of birthday boy Rory McIlroy, and three ahead of Justin Rose.
Homa and Dahmen each shot 1-under 70, while Dufner, the overnight leader, carded an even-par 71. He will be paired with Homa in Sunday’s final group.
Of the top chasers, Perez produced the best third-round score, a bogey-free 5-under 66. The 43-year old veteran will be joined by Dahmen in the penultimate pairing.
The third to last grouping on Sunday will pair the tournament’s two top-ranked stars in world No. 2 Rose and No. 4 McIlroy, who matched 68s on Saturday to remain in the chase.
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Joel Dahmen -11 (-1)
1. Max Homa -11 (-1)
1. Jason Dufner -11 (E)
4. Pat Perez -10 (-5)
5. Rory McIlroy -9 (-3)
Driving: Keith Mitchell – 335.8 yards
Fairways: Chez Reavie – 83.3%
Greens: Doc Redman – 83.3%
Putts/GIR: Max Homa – 1.595
“Yeah, you know, I’m a little surprised. We’ve been working hard the last four weeks to get back into playing mode. I’m just really trying to get used to a new stance, a new swing and this new kind of power I’ve got with irons. It’s been — I’m a little surprised. I knew I was hitting it good and playing well, but I’m a little surprised to be here, but it’s nice.”
– Pat Perez