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Rory McIlroy endures the birthday blues at Quail Hollow

07 May 2018, 12:31 | Stacy Ballard

USA Today Sports Images 2017 PGA Champion Justin Thomas returns to Quail Hollow Club this week looking to find more success in Charlotte

Justin Thomas

"I'm close, I'm hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament, but I just haven't made putts".

Woods holed a 13-foot birdie putt on his final hole yesterday to guarantee that he'll stick around for the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Paul Casey and Ross Fisher shot matching 69s but Phil Mickelson had to settle for a 72 despite sharing the lead with McIlroy on three-under early on.

Johnson Wagner, a member at Quail Hollow, also had back-to-back eagles when he drove the green on the par-4 14th to 6 feet, and then hit the green on the par-5 15th hole and made a 45-foot putt.

Not only did he squander a handful of excellent birdie chances, several of them did not even threaten the hole.

He didn't panic when he was 1 over through the tough six holes at the start, or when he failed to birdie either of the next two holes that are the easiest for scoring on the front. "In fact, I used one of Rickie's putters today", Thomas said. That is one shot off the Quail Hollow course record.

Second-round leader Peter Malnati birdied the first hole, but had double bogeys on No. 7 and No. 12 on his way to a 75. Two bogeys over the last three holes gave him a 70.

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Griffin, an eighth-year pro who normally plays on the Web.com Tour, was one of four qualifiers for the Wells Fargo Championship on Monday at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, where he shot a 66. I knew good things would come. I got lucky on Saturday.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week", said Woods, who has won 79 career PGA Tour events and 105 professional tournaments overall.

"Even my backup felt so bad in my hands, I just had to do something else", Thomas said.

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.

Rickie Fowler (72-69) is 1-under par and he said the greens are so firm that it is hard to get close to the hole. He three-putted for bogey on the par-4 18th to end his third round. Day has found the desire than he lost last year, and the 30-year-old Australian does not feel that far off from that dominant run two years ago that took him to No. 1 in the world.

"I didn't actually see him until about 10 minutes before our tee time and he said he was going with it", Fowler said.

"To get back in contention, that's why I play golf".



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