Day gets wet, but leads Wells Fargo by two strokes
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 06, 2018,
May 06, 2018, 16:37
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Peter Malnati, the 54-hole leader, fell back with a 4-over 75, and a leaderboard which lacked early star power is suddenly rich with recognizability as Day looks to close out another victory and move closer to his newfound goal. Then, things got insane on Moving Day. "The back side was definitely a lot more gettable today, obviously showcased with a number of guys going low on the back side".
In the months leading up to this week's Wells Fargo Championship officials told anyone who would listen that things would be different. Now sitting at 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings, he said the goal is to get back there now healthy after an injury-riddled season a year ago. "I knew things were going to turn around".
"Once I got back into my routine I was fine". While it would take a monumental charge to change that Sunday, he played his best round of the tournament and first one under par Saturday with a three-under 68 to bring his score to one-under.
Woods might be in the featured pairing in the morning, but Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, who tee off an hour later, will be the main event.
Tiger Woods had a three-hole stretch with consecutive birdies on the back nine on Saturday, including just missing an eagle putt.
There's a small, handwritten note in the Quail Hollow clubhouse that points out the course record and the direction of the first tee. "You get on runs like that". Everyone will start Saturday within 10 shots of the lead.
Sitting in a tie for 48th coming into the round, Uihlein felt there was only one way to go for him, but tying his career low round on Tour wasn't on his mind. It's all just a bit of a struggle.
Watney, whose last win came in 2012, finished strongly to claim second place on eight under, draining four birdies over the final six holes for a five-under 66 as he overcame a mid-round wobble with a double-bogey seven at the 10th.
Oh, those words. They were as much Tiger Woods' brand as Nike, or Monster Energy, or any other sponsor this week at Quail Hollow. "I'm hitting the ball well enough to contend but I'm just not making any putts".
It was the putter that let him down once again, and Bob Harig of ESPN.com noted he has taken more than 30 shots on the greens in each of the three rounds. 13, 14 and 15 to drop to 2 under for the tournament before a 3-putt on the 18th green after his approach shot got him inside of 50 feet.
"I made it a little more handsy, kind of like how we used to putt when greens were so slow on public courses", Woods said.
Three birdies on the front nine were mitigated by two bogeys, but the Big Cat came alive on the back nine, with three birdies in a row from the 13th. 5, 7 and 8.