CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rory McIlroy, who won the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship and lost in a playoff here last year, is making a move Thursday afternoon during the first round at Quail Hollow.
McIlroy has birdied four straight holes to get to 4 under through eight holes. He made a 5-footer at the par-5 fifth, then rolled in a birdie from 3 feet at No. 6. He two-putted the seventh hole from 21 feet and tapped in from 20 inches at No. 8.
Also on the move this afternoon is European Ryder Cup hero Nicolas Colsaerts, who has just made the turn in 32. He and McIlroy are both one stroke off the lead.
Another player who has history at Quail Hollow, Lucas Glover, who won the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, has reeled off three straight birdies and is 3 under through eight holes.
PGA TOUR rookie Derek Ernst birdied the eighth hole, his 17th of the day, to join the pacesetters at 5 under in the next-to-last pairing of the morning. Also shooting 67s were Ryan Moore, Nick Watney and Robert Garrigus.