John Peterson surges, Tiger Woods plays 'fine' at Wells Fargo

Arnold Nichols
May 7, 2018

"Got a tap-in birdie on nine and a good shot down the middle on 10".

Fearing a little rust early on after a three-week break, McIlroy began instead with a morale-boosting birdie as he compiled a score that left him just a shot off the early lead held by Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and American journeyman Peter Malnati.

Tiger Woods said he's on the verge of putting it all together and winning his first PGA tournament in five years - if he can just start rolling the ball a little better on the greens.

Phil Mickelson followed the lead of Uihlein two groups ahead of him to shoot a bogey-free 64 by going 5 under on the back nine to sit five shots back of Day in the lead. With his bare feet in the stream and the ball on the bank well above his feet, he hit a full shot to the back of the green for a two-putt par. And when Day finally picked up his first birdie by blasting a 9-iron out of the rough with the wind at his back from 195 yards to 18 inches on the ninth hole, he was on his way.

A 4m birdie at his final hole was by far the longest putt he sank all day.

"I feel more comfortable on faster greens", Woods said on Friday. When that didn't feel right in his hands, he sought out more desperate measures - calling his playing partner Fowler to ask if he'd brought an extra putter to Quail Hollow.

Five bogeys and a double at 12 saw him go from one off the lead to just about making the cut in his first appearance since the disappointment at Augusta last month.

"I was disappointed because I didn't give a good account of myself that last day".

"So I've got all the pressure on my shoulders, but I'd much rather be in this position than chasing". Uihlein had a 62, one off the course record.

"I grew up watching Tiger", Niemann said.

"Pretty scary when I hit it", he said.

He was at his best over the last three holes Friday. Maybe I can play a low one and see what happens. Instead? A first putt that raced nearly 9 feet past the pin, setting Woods up for a three-putt bogey and a complete halt to his momentum.

The round started on not the best of notes, as he made a bogey on the 2nd after his approach shot finished well left of the green. 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. However, all three of his birdies came on the back nine at Quail Hollow as he shot an even par.

The Rory McIlroy Majors remarks irked many as he casually added: 'I don't care about the US Open or the Open Championship.

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