Xander Schauffele Surges to Four-Shot Lead atWells Fargo Championship

Xander Schauffele takes a four-shot lead at the 2024 Wells Fargo Championship with a 11-under par score. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day trail behind, tied for second place at 7-under par, heading into the weekend.

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Xander Schauffele Surges to Four-Shot Lead atWells Fargo Championship

Xander Schauffele Surges to Four-Shot Lead atWells Fargo Championship

Xander Schauffele has taken a commanding four-shot lead at the halfway point of the 2024 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 30-year-old American shot a 7-under 64 in the opening round on Thursday and followed it up with a 4-under 67 on Friday to reach 11-under par.

Schauffele, who is seeking his eighth career PGA Tour victory and first win since the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open, sits four strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. "I've had a few knocks on the door and I just tell myself to keep knocking," Schauffele said, acknowledging his winless streak but focusing on staying in the present.

McIlroy, who entered Friday three shots behind Schauffele, managed to lose ground despite not making a bogey, finishing with a 68. "Felt like I probably could have squeezed a couple more out of the round, but anytime you can go around this golf course bogey-free, it's always going to be a decent day," McIlroy said. The four-time major champion is looking to lean on his past strong performances at Quail Hollow to make a weekend charge.

Jason Day matched Schauffele's 67 to join McIlroy at 7-under par. The Australian is seeking to bounce back from a recent stretch of poor form. "I've had a run over the last month and a half, two months where it's just been kind of poor play, poor hitting," Day said.

Schauffele and McIlroy are set to play in the final pairing on Saturday, teeing off at 1:35 p.m. ET. Day will play in the penultimate group with Taylor Moore at 1:25 p.m. ET. Other notable players in the mix include Collin Morikawa and Sungjae Im, who are tied for sixth at 5-under par.

Schauffele's 131 total ties the 36-hole tournament record at Quail Hollow, set by Jason Dufner in 2019. The 2017 TourChampionshipwinner has seven top-10 finishes this season and appears poised to end his victory drought. "I'm plotting from tee to green really well. My putter doesn't feel bad,"Schauffele said. "With the resurfacing of the greens, it's hard to get it close on some holes, and it's not like the property gives you a whole lot."