Virginia alum Denny McCarthy is relishing the opportunity to perform on the PGA Tour in front of friends and family at the Wells Fargo Championship. Over the first 36 holes of play, McCarthy is tied for third at six under par.
The tournament takes place at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland, just 15 minutes from McCarthy’s hometown of Rockville, Maryland.
“It felt a bit like a Sunday, honestly. I think that’s only a good thing, I felt really comfortable,” McCarthy said of the crowds that followed him on Thursday and Friday. . “If I’m at this place on Sunday, I got a little taste of it today, honestly. There was a decent amount of people following and I could feel the energy. I think it’s from bodes well for me.”
McCarthy gave the home crowd something to cheer about, especially in the opening round on Thursday when he went 65-under par through the first 18 holes. He then shot -1 on Friday to take it to -6 overall, tied for third and the leader behind Jason Day (-10) by just four shots heading into Saturday’s third round.
McCarthy enjoyed a decorated college career at Virginia, finishing in the top 10 in the ACC championship three times and earning All-America honors twice before earning a degree in anthropology in 2015.
Though still looking for his first PGA Tour win, McCarthy has worked his way up the pro golf ranks and currently boasts a FedEx Cup ranking of 49. McCarthy has two top-ten finishes so far in the 2021 season. -2022: tenth at the RSM Classique and tied for sixth place at American Express.
This week, McCarthy also had the chance to meet another UVA alum, former Virginia men’s basketball star and current Washington Wizards forward Anthony Gill. McCarthy showed off his impressive jump shot at the Washington practice facility, then tried to help Gill with his putting game.
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Denny McCarthy is scheduled to start his third round at the Wells Fargo Championship on Saturday at 12:29 p.m. The tournament can be watched on TV on Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. and then on CBS from 3-6 p.m., but it can be streamed all day on ESPN+.
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