May 5 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As is so often the case at the Wells Fargo Championship, the tournament appears to be coming down to the man who plays the final three holes, which have been nicknamed "The Green Mile," the best.
The stretch, which features two par 4s and a par 3 protected by water, is an extremely challenging one that has ranked among the top five toughest finishing holes in relation to par on the PGA TOUR from 2003-2012.
Adding to the challenge? The rain is at its heaviest as the leaders play the final three holes.
Of the top six players on the leaderboard right now, David Lynn has had the most success -- making birdie on Nos. 17 and 18 on Saturday and another on the final hole Friday to play "The Green Mile" in 3 under.
Phil Mickelson, who leads at 9 under, is 1 over on the stretch this week after that bogey at the 16th on Saturday. But the 17th has been his nemesis -- he's played it 39 times and is 13 over with just three birdies. Ryan Moore, who trails by one, is 3 over after a bogey at the 17th and a double bogey at No. 16.
TOUR rookie Derek Ernst, who is tied with Lynn at 7 under, has made two birdies and a bogey on the final three holes this week. Lee Westwood has played "The Green Mile" similarly with a bogey at the 16th on Saturday but birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 on Friday. Robert Karlsson, the fourth member of the logjam at 7 under, is even par for the stretch.