Daily Wrap-up: Wells Fargo, Round 2May 03, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Mickelson has figured out the secret to the greens at Quail Hollow. Or maybe he's just had a lot of good bounces for two days.
Mickelson opened with a pair of 15-foot birdie putts, dropped in a 40-foot putt at the turn and made back-to-back birdies late in his round Friday. He finished with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Quail Hollow, renowned for pristine conditions, had everything go wrong with spring and wound up with putting surfaces that are mostly choppy with brown patches where the grass has died. Two greens were entirely replaced by sod last week.
Despite that, Mickelson has taken only 50 putts in two rounds. And the most staggering statistic of all? He hasn't missed from inside 10 feet.
"I think that the greens are putting very, very good, obviously, because I've putted them well," Mickelson said.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You've got to love Scott Gardiner's self-deprecating sense of humor.
The PGA TOUR rookie was talking about his debut at the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year. The Aussie shot three rounds in the 60s and found himself in the penultimate group on Sunday, eventually tying for 15th. He was understandably proud of himself and eager to see what the future held.
But it remains his best finish of the season.
"I got a false impression," Gardiner said, chuckling and no doubt thinking about the eight straight cuts he'd missed entering this week's Wells Fargo Championship. "These guys are good. I'm not going to lie."
Gardiner went on to say no one was more surprised than he was to see his name among the leaders after two rounds at Quail Hollow. When someone asked why, he deadpanned, "Have you seen my resume this year?"
In the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Bill Haas holes a chip shot over the creek for birdie on
the par-4 18th hole
@jameshahnPGA: Thought my bogey on the last was going to cost me again. Instead, I'm doing the ganghahn dance in my hotel room. Live to fight another day.
--The rookie had missed six of eight cuts coming in.
@BradFritsch: If today's round was a boxing match, consider it a draw. Good enough to play on the weekend here in Charlotte. #morebirdies
--Fritsch made nine straight pars before carding two birdies and two bogeys on his second nine
@JeffOvertonPGA: Nothing like coming down the 17 and 18 hole stretch to end your round at @THEPLAYERSChamp! Looking forward to a great week! #BOOMBABY
--THE PLAYERS is next week. Click here for more info
"Have you seen my resume this year (laughing)? But, yeah, no, I just haven't been putting it together. I've putted poorly all year, haven't really saved any shots around the greens."
--Scott Gardiner on his surprise to be near the lead
"I think tee to green it's one of the best we have, one of
the best I've ever seen in the game. I think it's very fun to
play. I think that it has a feel of a major championship in
that you have to hit certain shots and control it and miss
in the right spot and be strategic around the greens."
--Phil Mickelson talks about his love of Quail Hollow
Amanda Balionis and Tom Werme with SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio preview Round 3 of the Wells Fargo Championship
0 - Phil Mickelson's win count at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he's making his ninth start.
1 - Second round leaders to ever hold on for a victory at Quail Hollow (Tiger Woods, 2006)
6 - Fairways Scott Gardiner found in Round 2 but he still carded a 5-under 67 -- tied for the day's best round
14 - American golfers in the top 20 on the leaderboard. Americans have won 15 of 18 events in 2013.
15 - Players who finished 36 holes at 2 over and made the cut on the number
41 - Career victories for Mickelson on the PGA TOUR
72 - Even par and Rickie Fowler's score in each of the first two rounds
Zach Johnson hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Lee Westwood is battling a chest infection but you wouldn't know it from the way he played on Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Westwood made six birdies and two bogeys on the way to a 68 that left him in a tie at 6 under, which was one shot off the lead held by Scott Gardiner when the morning wave finished the second round at Quail Hollow.
He said he wasn't sick enough to consider withdrawing, though -- not at a tournament where he tied for fifth a year ago. The occasional ailing green didn't scare him off, either.
"I like this golf course way too much," Westwood said. "It's a lot of money that we're playing for and a title at the end of the day. Somebody's going to say a speech and thank everybody and thank the greens keeper and Wells Fargo for putting up the cash at the end of the week, and somebody's going to be happy with the way the course is set up."
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