Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – J.B. Holmes fired a six-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead while Phil Mickelson revived his title chances with a nine-under-par 63 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship Saturday at Quail Hollow.
The big-hitting Holmes birdied seven holes at the par-72, 7,562-yard course, including all four of the par 5s, to take a one-stroke lead over second-round co-leader Martin Flores.
“It was nice more than anything just to solidify my schedule a little bit. It was nice to get that off my back,” said Holmes, who is seeking his third career victory on the PGA Tour, but first since the 2008 FBR Open.
However, the biggest round of the day belonged to Mickelson, who recovered from a second-round 75 with his lowest round in 11 starts this season to sit two strokes back.
“I was able to put everything together,” said Mickelson, who has a chance of winning his 41st PGA Tour crown. “I played well from tee to green.”
“I hit the ball well, put it in play, I hit good iron shots and was able to capitalize on those shots with some good putts, and it feels good because I hadn’t really been able to put it all together this year,” he added.
Mickelson buried seven birdies and a 13-footer for eagle at the seventh hole in the third round. The bulk of the scoring came in a front-nine 29 as Mickelson played Nos. 3-8 in 7 under.
Flores carded 3-under 69 during his third round to drop into second place at 12-under 204 while Kevin Kisner (68) is alone in fourth at 10-under, a shot ahead of reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (71) and Jason Bohn (67).
Angel Cabrera, who also held a share of the second-round lead, tripped to a 3- over 75 on Saturday to fall into a share 11th place at 6-under 210.