CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - 2 time Wells Fargo champ Rory McIlroy and Joel Dahmen share the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship after the first round.
Both went off in the afternoon when the wind really began to pickup and both shot impressive rounds of 66.
“Every time I step onto this golf course, I feel like I have a chance to shoot a good score,” said McIlroy. “I didn’t play my best today. I sort of managed my game well, scrambled well, but it added up to a good number at the end of the day.”
Rory played the front nine even but got hot on the backside as he had 5 birdies and no bogeys and played the Green Mile at 1 under. There is one place where he wants to improve heading into round two.
“I don’t feel I particularly drove the ball that well," said Rory. " The strike wasn’t there or the shots weren’t coming out the way I envisioned them coming out. The last three tee shots were a little bit better."
Dahmen was solid from start to finish as his round was bogey free. He had 3 birdies on the front side and 2 on the back.
“I’ve been playing well since The Players,” said Dahmen. “It’s all with my putting. My putting comes and goes. Trying to be more consistent at it and it’s been better.”
There is a log jam behind Rory and Dahmen as five golfers are one shot off the lead at 4 under including 2018 Masters champ Patrick Reed.
“The biggest thing is, especially around this place is just try to play boring golf; hit fairways, hit greens, and if you miss greens, miss them in the right spots," said Reed. “I kind of got out of my way. I stopped thinking about the golf swing and just started swinging the golf club and played golf shots.”
Defending champ Jason Day started the defense of his title with a solid round of 68. He is at 3 under along with 9 other golfers.
“I played good," said Day. “In the end, I’m very pleased with how-- from tee to green, and obviously on the greens as well. I just was very patient with myself out there.”
Charlotte resident Webb Simpson and Sergio Garcia are currently at 2 under after shooting rounds of 69 while Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler both shot an even par rounds of 71. Gastonia native Harold Varner III struggled as he shot a 6 over 77.
Second round of the tournament will go off at 7 A.M. Friday morning.