When the players see the prize money payouts from the Wells Fargo Championship in their bank accounts next week, they can rest assured they earned every penny of their paydays. Chilly, raw weather, with a healthy helping of rain on Friday and Saturday, has made playing at TPC Potomac outside Washington, DC, a slog, a frustrating reality for a course playing a temporary host of the event in 2022 with the tournament’s usual home, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC, being prepped for the Presidents Cup in September.
Indeed, given the challenging conditions on Saturday, it’s not a surprise the third-round scoring average (73,662 on the par-70 layout) came in as the highest scoring round in relation to par on the PGA Tour since the final round of 2020 US Open at Winged Foot (+4,902). Additionally, it was the highest scoring round of a non-major since the final round of the 2020 Memorial (+3.959).
Keegan Bradley posted the day’s low score for a second straight day on Saturday with a three-under 67 to take a two-shot lead over Max Homa and a four-shot advantage on Anirban Lahiri and James Hahn. Bradley’s history of playing with the lead entering the final round of the golf tournament is, well, lacking; the four-time tour winner has been in this position three previous times with three runners-up to show for it. But he has been the least rattled of the players near the top of the leader board so far. If he can pull it off again on Sunday — where cold will remain but rain looks like it’s gone — he can correct the odd blind spot in his résumé.
Here’s the prize money payout for each golfer at the Wells Fargo. We’ll update this after play (hopefully) ends Sunday evening.