‘I’m just happy to be done’: Max Homa, Jason Day battle elements as rain rocks Wells Fargo Championship second round

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POTOMAC, Md. — Playing in the morning’s fifth group, Max Homa was shocked his threesome finished their second round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship. He even told his caddie before the round he thought they’d only play eight holes due to the weather.

“I’m just happy to be done,” said Homa, one of just 11 players from the Friday morning wave to shoot under par.

The three-time PGA Tour winner battled the elements to tie for the low round of the day despite heavy and consistent rain, signing for a 4-under 66 to match the efforts of Luke List and Chad Ramey. Homa now sits in solo second at 7 under behind first-round leader Jason Day, who extended his lead to three shots at 10 under after a 3-under 67 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, this year’s Wells Fargo host while Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, prepares for the Presidents Cup in September.

“Yeah, Jason and I have been talking about it for like two and a half hours, that we can’t wait for it to be done and kick our feet up,” Homa said after the round. “I know he’s got his bus here so he’s going to go hang on the bus. I’m going to go sit on my bed and I think I deserve a soda after today, maybe some cookies, some kind of candy, I don’t know. I’m going to kick my feet up.”

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Instead of dreading the downpours, Ramey was embracing them.

“I just honestly try to embrace the conditions because I know there’s going to be a lot of guys out here that hate it. It just is what it is,” said the winner of the 2022 Corales Puntacana Championship. “As long as I can embrace the conditions and keep my mind right, I feel like I’m ahead of half the field.”

In 18 events this season, Ramey has made eight cuts and missed 10, finishing in the top 10 twice at the Puerto Rico Open in March, followed by his win three weeks later in Puntacana.

“It’s nice to be able to get in at 10 under through two rounds, especially with what kind of weather we’ve got coming in on the weekend,” added Day, noting how he loves to grind it out in tough conditions. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s nice to be back in the mix, nice to be leading. It’s still two more days left, so I can’t get too far ahead of myself.”

The former world No. 1 said something similar about managing expectations after he took the lead on Thursday, and that patience will be a useful 15th club with inclement weather in the forecast for the rest of the weekend. The Weather Channel is calling for overnight rain on Friday, with 10-15 mph winds and a 90% chance of rain on Saturday.