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Golf: Mickelson, Watney lead at Wells Fargo despite stumbles

Published May 4, 2013 5:00 pm

Golf • Shot that hits a spectator in the head, semi-shank prevent duo from pulling far ahead.
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Charlotte, N.C. • Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney wound up tied for the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, minus the separation from the rest of the field.

Mickelson hit a shot out of bounds on the 15th hole and hit another shot that struck a spectator in the head, costing him three shots over the last four holes at Quail Hollow in his round of 1-over 73. Watney hit a semi-shank with a 6-iron on the par-3 17th, took double bogey and had to settle for a 71.

It felt like a small consolation that they were tied at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of George McNeill, who had his share of trouble down the stretch for a 72.

"I can't remember the last time I did that in a tournament, so it was a bit unsettling," Watney said about his shank. "The big picture? I'm tied for the lead, and I would have taken that on Thursday morning."

Instead of pulling away from the pack, their mistakes in a wild final hour allowed a dozen players to get within three shots of the lead.

One of them was Rory McIlroy, who shot 73 and missed seven putts from the 5-foot range or closer, which was no way to celebrate his 24th birthday. McIlroy ranked 82nd out of the 83 players who made the 36-hole cut in the key putting statistic, yet he still goes into the final round with a good chance for his first win of the year.

LPGA Tour

Two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

Kerr, the only two-time winner at the River Course, made six birdies to reach 10-under 203. She took command on a day when seven players shared the lead at one point or another, then faltered.

Lewis shot a 69, and Pettersen, the 2007 champion, had a 68.

Champions Tour

Gene Sauers chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th a day after making a double bogey on the hole, and finished with a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.

Sauers hit into the water on the 17th hole Friday, but atoned for the mistake Saturday with a 25-yard chip. He had an 8-under 136 total at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas. —

Leaderboard

Wells Fargo Championship

Nick Watney -8

Phil Mickelson -8

George McNeill -7

Also

Rory McIlroy -5

Daniel Summerhays -1