Daily Wrap-up: Wells Fargo, Rd. 3
Round 3 Recap: Wells Fargo Championship
In the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Nick Watney shot a 1-under 71 and shares the lead with Phil Mickelson.May 04, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Mickelson's ball was just above the edge of the cart path, slightly below his feet, when he decided to hit a hard fade around the trees toward the green. The shot went out-of-bounds and cost him the outright lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, and Mickelson was angry about his decision.
He felt he should have hit driver instead of 3-wood.
In the group ahead of him, new leader Nick Watney hit a semi-shank with a 6-iron on the par-3 17th, the ball flying toward a hospitality tent. He made double bogey, and pulled his cap over his face when the round was over to hide a mixture of anger and embarrassment.
And these were the co-leaders going into the final round at Quail Hollow.
A series of blunders in the last hour of the third round shook up the Wells Fargo Championship, and the only consolation for Mickelson and Watney is that they were atop the leaderboard going into a final round that features a forecast of rain.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The periwinkle blue cap with the flat white brim pulled over his face said it all. Better to not hear what Nick Watney actually was muttering after he squandered a two-shot lead on the 53rd hole of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Watney will undoubtedly take his share of grief in the locker room for the shank -- yes, we said it -- that produced a double-bogey on the 17th hole at Quail Hollow. When he sheepishly arrived at his ball, Watney still had 78 yards to the green. On a 207-yard par 3, no less. And his third shot didn't find the green, either.
But when the embarrassment subsides, and it will, just ask us mere mortals so well-acquainted with golf's ultimate gaffe, Watney must focus on the fact that he's still one of the men to beat in Sunday's final round.
"I can't remember really the last time I did that in a tournament, so it was a bit unsettling," Watney acknowledged. "But big picture, I'm tied for the lead, and I would have taken that on Thursday morning. Probably wouldn't have liked the way ... if you told me that was going to happen. Unfortunately, I can't change it now, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
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Shot of the Day: Woodland
Gary Woodland holes a 161-yard eagle approach shot
on the par-4 18th hole.
@RickieFowlerPGA: 77 that's golf...phone is even rocking 77 right now...% that is #batterylife
--Fowler shot a 77 in the third round and will not play on Sunday.
@BradFritsch: I think they broke out the rollers last night at Quail Hollow...putts were flying past the hole today! Fortunate to be playing tomorrow.
--Fritsch made four bogeys, one double bogey and just one birdie on a tough Saturday.
@SirDoubleL: Rooting for @gards76 this weekend. Guy is golfing his ball while probably missing a belt loop and different socks. Such a beauty
-- Luke List explains why he's pulling for Scott Gardiner this weekend.
"It's tough to run away on this golf course. I think the
greens are dictating that with a pretty good bunch.
Nobody's going to get streaky and shoot a 62 I don't
think. It will be a case of playing solid tomorrow and
giving yourself chances and taking opportunities when
you can with it."
--Lee Westwood on the tight leaderboard
"I'm sure the officials will go out there and set the golf
course up accordingly. They're usually pretty good about
that. But it's supposed to be windy as well, so it's going
to be a fun day. Kind of like a British Open versus a Wells
Fargo, but I guess we'll get out there and figure it out
when we get there."
--George McNeill on planning for a rainy final round
Amanda Balionis and Tom Werme with SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio preview Round 3 of the Wells Fargo Championship
1 - Nick Watney has only missed one cut this year in 11 starts.
2 - Number of wins George McNeill has on the PGA TOUR.
5 - Watney's win total on the PGA TOUR.
15 - How many starts Phil Mickelson has made in North Carolina. He's never won in the Tar Heel state.
22 - Number of events (out of 36) that Mickelson has won when leading or sharing the lead heading into Round 4.
24 - Age of Rory McIlroy, who celebrated his birthday during Saturday's third round.
26 - Mickelson's made 26 more feet of putts than the next best player through three rounds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Granted, Robert Karlsson and Ryan Moore each gave a stroke back as they played Quail Hollow's tough three-hole finishing stretch nicknamed "The Green Mile."
But as the leaders were teeing off in the Wells Fargo Championship the two veterans were living proof birdies were to be had on Saturday. Moore birdied five of his first seven holes while Karlsson, the Swede who now lives in Charlotte, made his move up the leaderboard with a 69 that included five birdies.
The two are tied at 6 under, as a result, with John Senden, who shot 67; Derek Ernest and Lee Westwood, who shot 72s, and David Lynn, who birdied the last two holes for his 71. Even better, they are only two strokes off the lead.
"I got off to a hot start," Moore acknowledged. "It was a pretty tough, blustery, windy day and the course is playing long. So you had a lot of long irons, hybrids and even fairway woods into the par 4s. So obviously to get into a off to a hot start like that was great.