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May 3 2012

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64649983 CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  The first round of the Wells Fargo Championship is under way at Quail Hollow Golf Club. Check back frequently for updates and et us know what you think about the competition in the  comments section below. MORE WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP:  Leaderboard | Shot Tracker | Projected FedExCup points
6:44 p.m. -- World No. 2 Rory McIlroy missed the green and a 9-footer to save par at the 18th hole but still shot a 70 in his first tournament since the Masters. McIlroy didn't hit a fairway on the front nine and found just three for the day but managed to hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation. 6:32 p.m. -- Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy, the other two members of Webb Simpson's group, both finished with rounds of 71. Both players made four birdies and three bogeys although Woods closed with the better back nine, posting an unblemished 34 on the homeward stretch. 6:24 p.m. -- A bogey at the 16th hole cost Webb Simpson sole possession of the lead in his hometown event. Simpson, who lives less than a mile from Quail Hollow, couldn't be too disappointed, though, with a round of 65 that left him tied with Ryan Moore and Stewart Cink in the lead. 6:04 p.m. -- Stewart Cink has seized a share of the lead with a bogey-free 65 that included birdies on his last three holes. The round of 7 under is his low of the season as the veteran seeks his first top-10 since he tied for 10th here a year ago. 5:55 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy, playing for just the second time in eight weeks, appears to be shaking off the rust well. He's just two-putted from 8 feet for his fourth birdie of the day and stands 3 under for the tournament. 5:50 p.m. -- Birdies on two of his last three holes have put Tiger Woods in red numbers for the first time all day. He made a 22-footer at the 13th hole and chipped to 30 inches for a tap-in at the par-5 15th. 5:43 p.m. -- Roberto Castro just holed a 3-iron from 199 yards for an eagle at the par-4 third hole. It was his second eagle of the day -- Castro made a 10-footer at the 15th hole -- and moved him to 3 under. 5:39 p.m. -- Stewart Cink, who has missed the cut in four of his last five starts, has just gotten up-and-down from the greenside bunker at No. 7 for a birdie that has moved him to 5 under with two holes remaining. Cink has played in the Wells Fargo Championship eight times and has three top-10 finishes, including a tie for ninth last year. 5:25 p.m. -- Make that three in a row for Moore, who polished off his round of 65 with a 17-foot birdie putt at the ninth hole. So he's now tied with Webb Simpson, who has four holes remaining, at the top of the leaderboard. 5:07 p.m. -- For the third time on Thursday, Ryan Moore has recorded consecutive birdies, the last two on putts of 3 and 8 feet, have lifted him to 6 under with one hole remaining. He's tied with six others, one stroke off the lead. 4:44 p.m. -- Webb Simpson has joined the leaders with a 15-footer for birdie at the 11th hole. He's 6 under with seven holes remaining -- the course record is 62, shot six times, most recently last year by Bill Haas. 4:25 p.m. -- Ryan Moore hasn't had a lot of success at Quail Hollow, making just two cuts in five previous starts with tie for 33rd his best finish. But Moore, who won the 2009 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., is working on what could turn into his low round here -- he's 4 under through 13 holes (after never shooting lower than 69). 4:05 p.m. -- World No. 2 Rory  McIlroy is on the back nine now.  Th3 2012 winner of the Wells Fargo Championship narrowly missed a 17-footer for birdie at No. 9 that would have brought him to 2 under; instead he turned in 35. 3:55 p.m. -- Tiger Woods has just made the turn in 1 over after hitting his drive at the ninth hole well right into the trees. He couldn't get back to the fairway with his second but put his third on the green where he two-putted from 27 feet.  Playing partners Webb Simpson and Geoff Ogilvy shot 5 under and even par, respectively. 3:35 p.m. -- Webb Simpson, who lives in Charlotte, just holed a shot from 36 yards  for eagle at the par-4 eighth hole to move to 5 under. Simpson picked up the first two wins of his career last year, one of which came in North Carolina's other PGA TOUR event, the Wyndham Championship. 3:05 p.m. -- Tiger Woods just missed a 6-footer to save par at the sixth hole to he's fallen back to 1 over about a quarter of the way through his round. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is playing one group behind and he's made one birdie and one par. 2:53 p.m. -- J.B. Holmes, who tied for ninth a year ago at Quail Hollow on the strength of a third-round 65, has picked up where he left off. He's just made consecutive birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 and stands 4 under for the tournament. 2:42 p.m. -- D.J. Trahan, who went to school at nearby Clemson, withdrew with a back injury. He played one hole. 2:26 p.m. -- World No. 3 Lee Westwood birdied two of his first six holes on Thursday but gave that back -- and then some -- with a double bogey-bogey finish to his first nine holes. He ended up with a 71 after birdies on two of his last five holes. 2:07 p.m. -- Defending champion Lucas Glover opened with a round of even par. And the man he beat in that playoff? Jonathan Byrd is in a big group at 69, three strokes off the clubhouse lead. 1:56 p.m. -- Second-year pro Patrick Reed has just polished off a bogey-free 66 that ties the low round of his young PGA TOUR career. The Monday qualifier, playing in his third straight event and sixth of his career, also shot 6 under in the first round of last year's Wyndham Championship and went on to tie for 66th. 1:38 p.m. -- Tiger Woods is on the golf course, and he's bogeyed his first hole. He found the fairway off the tee, but hit his second shot just over the green, chipped on and missed an 8-footer to save par. 1:20 p.m. -- Rickie Fowler, who is tied for the lead affter a 66, says he's not fazed by people wondering when he'll get his first victory. "I feel that I'm good enough to win.  I definitely feel like with the amount of people expecting or thinking that I can win is compliment.  ... I'm not too worried about the talk that goes on about when my first win is coming, but like I said, it's my main goal, and that's what I'm focused on." 1:06 p.m. -- Tommy Gainey, who shot a solid 68 Thursday, has battled wrist and elbow injuries this year.  "Now that I'm healthy, I'm starting to hit the ball better, starting to swing at it better, and I had a problem getting off to a slow start," he said. "But today I got off to a fast start (with four birdies in his first six holes), and I was able to keep it going." 12:47 p.m. --  Ben Curtis, the recent Valero Texas Open champ, continues to play well. He tied for 13th last week in New Orleans and is now 3 under with one hole remaining. 12:35 p.m. -- John Senden and D.A. Points have joined Rickie Fowler in the lead after posting two more 66s. Senden birdied seven of his first 15 holes but dropped a shot at the 16th while Points was bogey-free. Patrick Reed is also at 6 under with four holes to play. 12:05 p.m. – An 11-foot eagle putt at the seventh hole jump-started Rickie Fowler’s round. He closed with three birdies in his last four holes to post a 66 that gave him the clubhouse lead. Fowler is tied with John Senden and D.A. Points, who are playing their final holes on opposite nines. 11:50 a.m. – Rickie Fowler continues to play well at Quail Hollow. He’s currently tied with Patrick Reed, one shot off the lead. Since 2003, no one who has played at least eight rounds at Quail Hollow has a lower stroke average – his is 70.00. 11:33 a.m. – David Duval made a brief appearance on the leaderboard at 1 under through 12 holes. He bogeyed No. 5, though, and took a 9 at the par-5 seventh hole where he hit two balls in the water. He bounced back well, though, with a 6-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole. 11:25 a.m. -- Patrick Reed, who qualified on Monday with a 65, is making the most of his opportunity. He just made the turn at 3 under and is tied for third. The former Augusta State golfer is playing in his third straight PGA TOUR event -- he tied for 35th at the Valero Texas Open and shared 23 in New Orleans last week. 11:05 a.m. – Phil Mickelson and his protégé, Keegan Bradley, the reigning PGA champ, are playing well. Both are 3 under, with Bradley making his birdies on the back nine, their first of the day, and Mickelson joining him when he chipped in at No. 1 and made a 16-footer at the second hole. Click here to follow the featured group. 10:55 a.m. – John Senden, one of the PGA TOUR’s best ball-strikers, has made six birdies over his first 13 holes and leads by two strokes. He’s hit 8 of 10 fairways and has yet to miss a green. 10:35 a.m. – Thursday is a chamber of commerce day at Quail Hollow with sunny skies and temperatures expected to flirt with 90 degrees.
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