|-16 Mr. Homa (United States); -15 D Willett (Eng); -13 T Montgomery (USA); -12 B Hun An (Kor), J Lower (USA)|
|Others selected:-11 R Fowler (USA); -9 Mr. Kuchar (United States); -8 M Wallace (Eng); -seven R Knox (Sco), B Taylor (Eng), H Matsuyama (Jpn);|
England’s Danny Willett put three putts on the final hole to miss the Fortinet Championship victory by one stroke in California.
The former Masters champion came in on the final stroke ahead of defending champion Max Homa and saw his American rival participate in a birdie.
Willet, 34, then missed a three-foot birdie putt for the win.
Things got worse when he was wayward with a five footer that would have forced a barrage.
“A disappointing way to finish, but you know, first out of the season, to be in contention, things are good. We’ll live to fight another day,” said Willett, who shot a 69 from three under the normal. to finish 15 under overall.
On Homa’s crucial chipped birdie from nearly 33 feet, he added: “I expected him to do it, but it’s still a bit of a shock when it happens.”
The late capitulation means Willett remains in search of a first US PGA Tour title since his triumph at the 2016 Masters.
“It was kind of a wild finish,” said Homa, who shot a four-under-par 68 at the Silverado Resort in Napa.
“The last three minutes are a little blurry. But I played really good golf. I played solid.”
American Taylor Montgomery, making his fifth tour start, had the best run of the day with an eight birdie 64 to climb the standings and finish in third place.