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May 4 2013

3:30 PM

Mickelson grabs lead alone

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Mickelson has now made 38 of 38 putts from inside 10 feet this week, and the 9-footer he just rolled in at the eighth hole has given him the lead again during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Mickelson is now 10 under and one stroke ahead of Nick Watney, who is playing in the penultimate group and had made a 3-footer on the same hole to tie his good friend. George McNeill, who birdied three straight on the front nine and just made the turn in 35, is alone at 8 under.

Robert Karlsson, the Swede who now makes his home in Charlotte, is among five players tied at 7 under after birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. Also at that number is Lee Westwood, who has just made the turn, rookies Scott Gardiner and Derek Ernst, and Duke grad Kevin Streelman.

Rory McIlroy had pulled within a shot of Mickelson when he made a 5-footer for eagle at the seventh hole. But he drove into the trees at the par-5 ninth hole, chipped out and eventually three-putted from 18 feet for double bogey to drop back to 6 under.

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