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May 3 2013

12:06 PM

Noon update: Westwood closes gap

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lee Westwood hadn't had much success at the Wells Fargo Championship. Until 2012, that is, when he shot 68-66 on the weekend and tied for fifth.

The Englishman appears to be picking up where he left off this week at Quail Hollow, playing his first 16 holes in 4 under and moving to 6 under for the tournament. Those weekend tallies last year were his first sub-70 scores at the Wells Fargo Championship in 14 rounds.

So Westwood is now tied with PGA TOUR rookie Russell Henley and two former winners of the Wells Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy and Lucas Glover, one stroke behind Scott Gardiner.

Gardiner has just made the turn in 31 after making birdie on his final four holes of the front nine. The PGA TOUR rookie's best finish on TOUR came when he tied for 15th at the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year.

McIlroy, who got his breakthrough PGA TOUR win at Quail Hollow in 2010, has gotten back on track after shooting 38 on the back, his first of the day. He's made three birdies in eight holes on the front.

Glover also struggled on the back, making the turn in 37. But the winner of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship is also 3 under on the front aftre playing seven holes.

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