Can Nick Watney extend his lead
Saturday at Quail Hollow?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The third round of the Wells
Fargo Championship is under way at Quail Hollow Golf Club. Check
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6:04 p.m. --
Webb Simpson's two-putt par
at the 18th hole preserved his one-stroke lead after three rounds
of the Wells Fargo Championship. His houseguest, Nick Watney,
drove into the creek that runs down the left side of the fairway
and made bogey so he trails by two. Ryan Moore and D.A. Points
share second at 13 under while Watney and Rory McIlroy are another
5:57 p.m. --
A double bogey at the 18th hole has
ddropped Stewart Cink back to 11 under. He hit his drive into the
right rough, his second short of the green and his third to 15
feet, where he proceeded to three-putt, missing a 4-footer for the
5:52 p.m. --
Webb Simpson has broken out of the
pack with a 14-footer for birdie at the 17th hole. He and his
houseguest Nick Watney, one of four players trailing by one, have
one hole left.
5:45 p.m. --
Ryan Moore and D.A. Points are the
clubhouse leaders, posting 68 and 69, respectively in consecutive
5:30 p.m. --
And now we have five. Stewart
Cink has just made a 13-footer for birdie at the 16th hole to
tie for the lead.
5:28 p.m. --
The 67 wasn't flawless but it put
Rickie Fowler where he wanted to be -- contending for his first PGA
TOUR title. " I had a few mistakes, but other than that, did what
we needed to do today, move in the right direction. I've had a few
Saturdays where I've moved the wrong way, and it's nice to get
myself into position where we can go into tomorrow and have some
5:20 p.m. --
The two players in the final group
matched birdies at the 15th hole -- Nick Watney two-putting from 57
feet and Webb Simpson draining an 8-footer -- to grab a share of
the lead again. Also at 13 under are Ryan Moore and D.A. Points,
who are playing the 18th hole.
5:11 p.m. --
A 5-footer for birdie at the 17th hole has drawn Ryan
Moore even with D.A. Points. Neither of the leaders have made a
bogey on Saturday -- Moore with four and Points with two.
5:04 p.m. --
John Senden has yet to make a par on the back nine. He
birdied No. 10 to tie for the lead, then made three straight bogeys
to fall back into the pack. He got two of those back, though, with
an 18-footer at the 14th hole and a two-putt from 39 feet at No. 15
so he's one shot off the lead.
5:01 p.m. --
After an early bogey, Stewart Cink has quietly climbed
back into the picture, making an 8-footer at the short par-4 14th
to move into the logjam at 12 under. His last top-10 on TOUR came
at Quail Hollow a year ago when he tied for ninth.
4:50 p.m. --
Rickie Fowler is hanging tough in pursuit of his
first PGA TOUR victory. He finished one group ahead of Rory McIlroy
and shot 67, which leaves him 11 under and two off the lead right
4:45 p.m. --
Rory McIlroy flew the bunker and hit a fan on the right
side of the fairway at the 18th hole. After he hit his second shot
to 13 feet, McIlroy took out a glove and autographed it for the
fan, adding "sorry" at the top. He missed the birdie putt but is
the leader in the clubhouse at 12 under after a 66.
4:38 p.m. --
In case you were wondering, the largest come-from-behind
victory at Quail Hollow is six shots in 2005 when Vijay Singh
overtook Sergio Garcia with a 66 on Sunday. Right now there
are 25 players within six shots of D.A. Points' lead.
4:24 p.m. --
D.A. Points is holding steady at the
top of the leaderboard at 13 under with pars on his last six
holes. Nick Watney is back where he started, too, after making a
4-footer at the par-5 11th hole while his host for the week, Webb
Simpson is tied with Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore.
4:03 p.m. --
Rory McIlroy and John Senden have
swapped places on the leaderboard. McIlroy chipped to 4 feet at the
par-5 15th for birdie to go 13 under while the Aussie found the
fairway bunker at No. 11, then missed the green and 12-footer
to save par. McIlroy, who turned 23 on Friday, needs to finish tied
for seventh with one other or better to go back to No. 1 in the
3:49 p.m. --
The top 10 players on the leaderboard
are all within three shots of the lead held jointly by D.A. Points
and John Senden. Five of them are one shot back at 12 under and all
are in double figures.
3:29 p.m. --
Charlotte's Webb Simpson has joined
D.A. Points in the lead at 13 under with a two-putt birdie from 16
feet at the par-5 seventhy. He had a chance to take the lead
outright on the next hole but missed the 9-footer.
3:08 p.m. --
The young guns are rising. Rory
McIlory, who made the Wells Fargo Championship his first PGA
TOUR, and Rickie Fowler, who is still looking for his breakthrough
victory, are tied at 12 under with Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson and
John Senden, one behind D.A. Points. Both are 6 under with
Fowler through 12 holes and McIlroy through 11.
-- Make that five players tied atop the
leaderboard. Ryan Moore birdied the par-5 seventh to reach 12 under
and tie D.A. Points, John Senden, Nick Watney and Webb Simpson for
the lead. Elsewhere, Geoff Ogilvy finished par-par-bogey but still
managed a 7-under 65 to reach the clubhouse at 10 under.
2:37 p.m. --
Nick Watney just missed a
5-footer to save par at the fourth hole. So we now have a four-way
tie at the top with him, Webb Simpson, John Senden and D.A. Points,
who drained a 31-footer for birdie at the par-3 sixth.
2:24 p.m. --
Rickie Fowler got stuck in
neutral in the second round with an even par 72 but he's
put the pedal down on Saturday. He's just made the the turn in a
bogey-free 32 and has moved into double figures at 10 under, three
behind Nick Watney.
2:08 p.m. –
Geoff Ogilvy is making birdies
in bunches Saturday. He’s just gone back-to-back for the
third time in the third round, making a 4-footer at the 14th hole
and two-putting from 10 feet at the 15th for the second birdie.
He’s 8 under for the day and 11 under for the tournament.
1:59 p.m. –
Everyone is on the golf course
now. Nick Watney made a 7-footer for birdie at the first hole to
move to 13 under while Webb Simpson hit his approach over the green
and got up and down for par.
1:31 p.m. –
Ryan Moore, who started the
round three strokes off the lead, has moved within a shot of Nick
Watney with birdies on his first two holes. Watney and his host
this week, Webb Simpson, tee off in nine minutes.
1:14 p.m. –
Geoff Ogilvy keeps climbing the
leaderboard. He just birdied the 12th hole – his sixth of the
day – and has climbed to 9 under for the tournament.
12:52 p.m. –
Rory McIlroy has made two very
different birdies on his first two holes -- canning a 9-footer at
the first hole and a 40-footer at the par-3 second. He’s
moved to 8 under and four off the lead with the leaders due to tee
off in less than an hour.
12:38 p.m. –
It’s a big weekend for
Patrick Reed, the former Augusta State standout. The Monday
qualifier has worked his way to 7 under with three birdies in his
first seven holes. He’s tied for 10th right now – if he
stays 10th or better on Sunday, he gets a spot in the HP Byron
12:15 p.m. –
Jonas Blixt, the Swede who went
to Florida State, holed a chip from 37 feet at the par-5 fifth hole
and just made his third birdie of the day at No. 11 to move to 7
under for the tournament. He came to Charlotte on the heels of his
best finish of the year, a tie for 13th in New Orleans.
11:54 a.m. –
Geoff Ogilvy, who played the
first two rounds with Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson, has birdied
three of his first six holes to move to 6 under for the tournament.
11:37 a.m. –
Phil Mickelson missed the 18th
green and later failed to convert a 9-footer for par so he finished
with a 68 and is 5 under through 54 holes. He birdied his first
hole, then reeled off eight pars before heating up on the back nine
with five birdies, two bogeys and two pars.
11:30 a.m. –
When he finished off a 72 on
Friday evening to make the cut on the number, Phil Mickelson said
players could come out early and go low early Saturday.
That’s exactly what he did, too, getting hot on the back nine
– making four straight birdies – to move to 6 under for
the tournament through 17 holes.