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May 5 2013

12:15 PM

Mickelson continues to set pace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Everyone has made the turn at Quail Hollow and Phil Mickelson is holding firm to a one-stroke lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Lee Westwood was briefly tied with Mickelson at 8 under after he made a 6-footer for birdie at the 10th hole. But the Englishman has just made back-to-back bogeys to drop back to 6 under and into a tie with Charles Howell III, David Lynn, Derek Ernst and overnight leader Nick Watney.

Howell is 3 under for the day and playing the 18th hole.

Mickelson's closest competitors now are Ryan Moore and Robert Karlsson, who are tied at 7 under. Karlsson, who lives about 20 minutes from Quail Hollow, has been very steady, making one birdie and 10 pars so far on Sunday. Moore had a tough start, making bogeys on his first two holes, but has made three birdies over his next nine holes.

Karlsson and Ernst need to win the Wells Fargo Championship to get into the field for next week's PLAYERS Championship, which is the PGA TOUR's flagship event.

Rory McIlroy, the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship winner, is having his troubles on the back nine. He hit his drive right into the trees at the 12th hole and his second shot went even deeper. His third shot found the fringe, 88 feet from the pin, and he putted to 12 feet, then two-putted for bogey.

McIlroy, who lost in a playoff last year, made another bogey at the 13th hole and now trails by four with four holes to play.

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