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Sports Mitchell goes bogey-free at Quail and leads McIlroy by 2

05:05  09 may  2021
05:05  09 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Golf super league resurfaces as McIlroy puts stock in legacy

  Golf super league resurfaces as McIlroy puts stock in legacy CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy returned to the site of his first PGA Tour victory and made it clear Wednesday that he is more interested in creating his place in history than chasing Saudi-backed money in a proposed super league. Justin Thomas wasn't far behind in that line of thinking. The topic occupying most of the chatter at Quail Hollow Club ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship is renewed efforts by a “Super League Golf" to attract topJustin Thomas wasn't far behind in that line of thinking.

Rory McIlroy goes into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship in joint second after firing a three-under-par 68 on Saturday. The Northern Irishman, who is aiming for a third win in the event, is seven under after a round including five birdies and a double bogey . Gary Woodland is also seven under at Quail Hollow with the pair two behind American leader Keith Mitchell . England's Matt Wallace is four under with Shane Lowry back on six over. Open champion Lowry struggled to a 75 while Wallace, who shared the overnight lead , posted a 73 in North Carolina. McIlroy picked up four shots

Rory McIlroy cards a five-under 66 to get within two shots of the halfway lead at Quail Hollow, a venue where he won in 2010 and 2015; Matt Wallace sets pace alongside Gary Woodland and Patrick Rodgers on six under. McIlroy - beginning on the back nine - failed to take advantage of the par-five tenth but produced a remarkable pitch from the rough to set up a tap-in birdie at the 14th, before holing from eight feet at the 15th and picking up another shot from a similar distance at the 17th to reach the turn in 33.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Keith Mitchell straightened out his putter and delivered big tee shots Saturday that carried him to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland in the Wells Fargo Championship.

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The putter issue is not a figure of speech.

After closing with an 82 in the Valspar Championship last week, Mitchell discovered his putter was out of alignment. He had it bent back to the right specifications, avoided mistakes that slowed so many others, and now has a chance at a second PGA Tour victory.

“I just feel like everything’s really working,” said Mitchell, who was at 9-under 204. "My driver feels great, and around this place you’ve really got to drive it well. Really just trying to keep the ball in front of me right now and see what we can do tomorrow."

Blast from past as Mickelson opens with 64 at Quail Hollow

  Blast from past as Mickelson opens with 64 at Quail Hollow CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson has gone nine months since he finished among the top 20, and it looks as though that streak is about to end at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. All but one of his eight birdies were inside about 5 feet. Mickelson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn. He closed with two birdies and a superb par save on the par-4 ninth for his best score since a 63 in the second round of the Travelers Championship last June.

A bogey by Max Homa (70) at the last left him tied at the top on 11-under 202 alongside fellow Americans Jason Dufner (71) and Joel Dahmen (70), while Pat Perez carded a 66 to move up to 10 under. McIlroy , who could have had an even better day had his putting been dialled in, put together four birdies against a bogey to move to nine under as fans offered up birthday greetings on the May 4, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy (NIR) looks over his lie on 7 as thunderstorms loom in the distance during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club.

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McIlroy will be right there along for the ride.

A two-time winner at Quail Hollow, McIlroy raced out to the lead, steadied himself after a double bogey on the 12th hole when his drive hit a cart path, and shot 68. Winless the last 18 months, McIlroy will be in the final group for the first time since Riviera more than a year ago.

Woodland had troubles on his own, particularly a drive right of the water hazard on the par-5 seventh that turned birdie into bogey, and a lapse of poor putting down the stretch on the back nine. He still managed a 70 with a chance to win for the first time since his U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach in 2019.

With more swirling wind and some pin positions on ridges, Saturday was a day for a little separation. It began with 23 players separated by four shots. Now there are six.

DeChambeau takes 1,800-mile detour between rounds at Quail

  DeChambeau takes 1,800-mile detour between rounds at Quail CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bryson DeChambeau went through an ordinary routine between the second and third rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship. He went out to dinner. He got in a workout. He slept about seven hours. There's just one minor detail: He flew home to Dallas because he thought he had missed the cut. His 1,870-mile journey behind him, DeChambeau made it back to Quail Hollow on Saturday morning with about an hour to spare. And then he climbed briefly into the top 10 with five birdies in 14 holes, only to make double bogey on the 18th for a 68. All in a day's work.

Rory McIlroy says he's going to hit cuts from now on because equipment has made it tougher to shape a draw. Three golfers share lead at PGA Quail Hollow event with McIlroy , Mickelson in pursuit. Former US Open champion Gary Woodland headlined a leading trio at Quail Hollow on Friday, where two-time winner Rory McIlroy was in the mix along with

Pat Perez had a bogey - free 66 and was one shot behind. Six players were separated by three shots going into the final round, a group that includes Justin Rose, who bogeyed the 18th hole from a poor tee shot and shot 68. Dahmen had never been in the top five starting a round on the weekend, and he had a chance to fade McIlroy returned and ran his birdie putt 5 feet by the hole, missed the next one and lost ground with a bogey. That was his last mistake. He picked up birdies on the reachable 14th and the par-5 15th and is poised to join Tom Weiskopf as the only three-time winners at Quail Hollow.

Luke List (68) was three shots behind, while Scott Stallings (70) and Satoshi Kodaira (68) were at 5-under 208.

Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., is the top Canadian, sitting eight shots off the lead at 1 under. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., is 1 over, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., is 2 over and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., is 4 over.

It also was about avoiding mistakes, and Mitchell did that as well as anyone. He picked up a birdie on No. 9, the second-toughest hole of the day, and took care of most of the scoring chance. Mostly, though, he avoided the blunders that slowed McIlroy and Woodland, and eliminated so many others.

“Some golf courses on the PGA Tour you can hit bad shots, get away with it and still try to make birdie,” Mitchell said. “You can’t do that here. I think that’s a true test of golf. I don’t think golf would be fun if every course was like this. I just feel more comfortable around a tougher course.”

McIlroy ends 18 months without winning at Quail Hollow

  McIlroy ends 18 months without winning at Quail Hollow CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy finally won when he least expected it, and it was as sweet as he could have imagined. Only after he hung on for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship, his first title in 18 months, did he reveal his neck locked up during his final practice session and if not for a late tee time Thursday, he would have had to withdraw. And when he seized control Sunday afternoon with back-to-back birdies from the bunker down the stretch, he started to get ahead of himself thinking how cool it would be to see his wife and 8-month-old daughter waiting to celebrate with him on their first Mother's Day.

After his lone bogey of the day at 11, Mickelson got up and down for birdie from greenside bunkers at 14 and 15 and gave himself a five-footer for birdie to keep the run going at 16. Back-to-back birdies at 18 and the first were followed by another brace at seven and eight. - Don't jump ahead - A spate of players reached five-under but Bradley was the only other one who finished up there, joining Lee with a bogey - free , five-birdie effort. Half a dozen players share fourth on four-under 67: England's Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Peter Malnati, Luke List, Gary Woodland, Keith Mitchell and Kyle Stanley.

In The Takeaway, Teryn Gregson recaps round 2 of the Wells Fargo Championship, where Rory McIlroy shot the low round of the day and is playing golf on the weekend for the first time in a while, Harry Higgs and the entire field got a dose of Quail Hollow’s carnage, including Phil Mickelson, who did not hold on to his opening lead .

McIlroy was dialed in with the speed of his putts, critical on a day with a hard wind. But on No. 12, his drive to the left hit hard off the path and well onto a hill. Trying to pitch under trees, he couldn't get back to the fairway, and was blocked by another tree that forced him to punch one up to the front right of the green. The pin was back left, and he three-putted from 85 feet for double bogey.

McIlroy saved par with an 8-foot putt on the next hole, as meaningful a putt as he made all day.

Woodland recovered from his bogey on the par-5 seventh with a great drive to set up a simple up-and-down for birdie at No. 8, and he was right back in the lead with a birdie on the 10th. But he dropped shots on the 13th and 14th, three-putting the latter. He took three shots to get down from 45 feet off the 15th green and had to settle for par.

A birdie on the 17th got him within range.

Missing from the action is Phil Mickelson, whose 64 in the opening round now feels like more than two days ago. He took double bogey from the trees on No. 9 and came up short in the water on the 136-yard 17th hole for another double bogey and a 76. He is 9 over the last two rounds and tied for 55th.

Still playing is Bryson DeChambeau, but not after an 1,800-mile round trip home to Dallas and back when he thought he missed the cut. He made it back to Quail Hollow with an hour to spare and shot 68, with a double bogey on the last hole, and was eight shots behind.

The trick was avoiding mistakes.

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

Conners keeps it as stress-free as possible for PGA lead .
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Amid the wind and the havoc at Kiawah Island, there was a semblance of simplicity to the way Corey Conners navigated his way around the Ocean Course for a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead Thursday in the PGA Championship. He birdied all the par 5s. He made a couple of long putts for birdie. He dropped only one shot. The scorecard alone made it look like a walk on the beach. It just didn't feel that way. “I'd say it'sHe birdied all the par 5s. He made a couple of long putts for birdie. He dropped only one shot. The scorecard alone made it look like a walk on the beach.

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