Wells Fargo Championship: Jason Day two ahead at Quail Hollow

WATCH: Jason Day holes out from bunker to tie the lead at Wells Fargo Championship

It's nearly a badge of honor to have a performance so good that you have to be tested immediately, just to prove it was all legit.

Woods finally got going on the back nine with three consecutive birdies, but a three-putt bogey on the final hole gave him a 68.

Woods made his only birdie on his final hole Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship, an 18-foot putt on the par-4 ninth hole that assured he would make the cut.

A disappointing day, though, for his old rival Phil Mickelson, who shot a mediocre 72. His other bogey was on No. 11, when the crowd went from cheering to groaning as his approach spun back toward the hole, by the hole and then down a slope and back into the fairway.

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

"If I can hit a lot more greens and get the proximity closer, I feel like I could, not run away from it, but do pretty well if I can make the putts". I leave it right where I need to leave it, right below the hole, and I miss it.

Thereafter, McIlroy - who celebrates his 29th birthday on Friday - traded two birdies with two bogeys and was content enough. The last time he played Quail Hollow on a Saturday, he tried to play out of the trees and made an 8 that took him out of contention in the PGA Championship. "I've got everything in place for both sides of it, so I'm not going to be bothered if I make it".

And as well as those star players performed, they couldn't match Peter Uihlein, who shot 62 after a six-hole stretch that included five birdies and an eagle.




"San Antonio was really, really tight, and I like to hit my low drivers and I feel really confident with that", Niemann said. All three were tied at two over to start the day.

Though a closing bogey followed on the last, a -5 round 66 puts McIlroy back in the hunt for his second Wells Fargo win.

"Either way is fine with me", he said.

Hours earlier, Woods stood over an 18-foot putt on No. 9, his final hole of another ordinary round that up until then featured no birdies.

His 64 matches his lowest score since opening the 2016 Open with a 63 at Royal Troon (he shot 64 previous year in the final round at the Greenbrier) and he did it without a bogey.

"What we do here is more than just the people that come out to watch the golfers", she answered.

Woods, healthy again after a spinal fusion more than a year ago, is playing his seventh tournament of the year. I just like being at home and I like being around my family and friends more than I like chasing it around here.

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