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.
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6:44 p.m. -- W
orld 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. -- S
tewart 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.