Tracker: McIlroy among Wells Fargo leaders

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Rory McIlroy continued his success at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.

McIlroy, who won the event in 2010 and then lost to Rickie Fowler in a playoff last year, shot a 5-under 67 and enters the second round in a seven-way tie for the lead with Ryan Moore, Nick Watney, Daniel Summerhays, Nate Smith, Robert Garrigus and Derek Ernst. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson are among those one shot back.

Helped by a stretch of six birdies in seven holes (Nos. 5-11), McIlroy posted his sixth round in the 60s this season on Tour.

Fowler, the defending champion, shot even-par 72, as did other notables Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.

See how it all unfolded at Quail Hollow!

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Update No. 37: 6:48 p.m. EDT

Nate Smith birdies No. 16 to move to 6 under and into sole possession of the lead. Not bad for a guy who hasn't played a PGA Tour event since 2011.

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Update No. 36: 6:28 p.m. EDT

Daniel Summerhays couldn't stay at 6 under as he finishes with a 5-under 67, leaving eight players tied for the top spot. Of the co-leaders, only Nate Smith, who is through 15 holes, is still on the course.

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Update No. 35: 5:58 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finishes with a 5-under 67 to open play in Charlotte. He's currently one back of leader Daniel Summerhays, who is 6 under with two holes left.

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Update No. 34: 5:40 p.m. EDT

Daniel Summerhays has now moved into sole possession of the lead at 6 under. He's got three holes left, too. Also, Rory McIlroy is 4 under heading into No. 18.

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Update No. 33: 5:20 p.m. EDT

Nate Smith has joined the leaders at 5 under after a birdie at No. 10. He's got five birdies and no bogeys so far today. Also, Rory McIlroy makes par at No. 16 to remain at 4 under.

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Update No. 32: 4:55 p.m. EDT

While Rory McIlroy is still stuck at 4 under, now through 15 holes, Daniel Summerhays has moved to 5 under through 11 holes of play.

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Update No. 31: 4:38 p.m. EDT

Former Duke player Nate Smith is 4 under through eight holes. He's playing in his first PGA Tour event since the 2011 season, when he made just eight cuts in 24 starts on Tour.

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Update No. 30: 4:10 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the par-4 12th drops Rory McIlroy back to 4 under. Also at 4 under is Daniel Summerhays, who has missed two straight cuts since his season-best T-7 finish at the Valero Texas Open.

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Update No. 29: 3:51 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy has birdied two straight holes since his bogey at No. 9. His birdies at Nos. 10-11 have moved him into a share of the lead at 5 under. McIlroy has six birdies in his last seven holes.

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Update No. 28: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson makes the turn at 1 over. Watson has made five straight cuts since advancing to the Round of 16 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, and aside from a T-50 finish at the Masters, hasn't finished worse than T-18.

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Update No. 27: 3:10 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is 3 under still as he makes the turn. Also at 3 under is Lucas Glover, who is through eight holes today.

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Update No. 26: 2:44 p.m. EDT

Make that three straight birdies for Rory McIlroy, who just birdied the par-5 seventh to move to 3 under.

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Update No. 25: 2:25 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy just birdied No. 6, his second straight birdie, to move to 2 under. Also, Nicolas Colsaerts is 4 under through eight holes.

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Update No. 24: 2:18 p.m. EDT

Russell Henley has three birdies in his first five holes, and is 3 under, two back of the lead.

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Update No. 23: 1:50 p.m. EDT

Robert Garrigus and Derek Ernst just wrapped up 67s to join fellow leaders, Nick Watney and Ryan Moore, at 5 under.

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Update No. 22: 1:35 p.m. EDT

Russell Henley has birdied his first two holes of the day (Nos. 10-11). Also, Nicolas Colsaerts is 3 under through five holes.

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Update No. 21: 1:15 p.m. EDT

Bo Van Pelt and Nicolas Colsaerts are among those teeing off this afternoon to be under par early in their rounds. Both are 1 under.

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Update No. 20: 1:10 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy's first round is now underway as Rory pars the opening hole.

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Update No. 19: 12:34 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson just wrapped up a 4-under 68 while Nick Watney carded a 67 and Rickie Fowler a 72.

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Update No. 18: 12:17 p.m. EDT

Ryan Moore is in with a 5-under 67. Also, Phil Mickelson bogeys No. 8 to fall to 4 under, but playing competitor Nick Watney birdies the hole to move to 5 under.

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Update No. 17: 12:06 p.m. EDT

Derek Ernst drops back a shot, but Ryan Moore only has the solo lead for a moment as Phil Mickelson birdies the par-5 seventh to move to 5 under and join Moore in the top spot.

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Update No. 16: 11:56 a.m. EDT

Q-School grad Derek Ernst is now tied with Ryan Moore for the lead at 5 under. Also, Rickie Fowler is still stuck at 1 under through 15 holes.

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Update No. 15: 11:33 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has three holes left and is at 4 under. He has yet to make a bogey. The last time he recorded a bogey-free round was during the third round of the Phoenix Open, which he won.

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Update No. 14: 11:20 a.m. EDT

Ryan Moore just birdied the par-5 15th, his third straight birdie, to move into sole possession of the lead at 5 under.

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Update No. 13: 11:15 a.m. EDT

Derek Ernst is among four players tied for the lead at 4 under, joining Phil Mickelson, Boo Weekley and Ryan Moore. Ernst has missed 5-of-7 cuts on Tour this season.

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Update No. 12: 10:58 a.m. EDT

Bud Cauley bogeyed his first two holes of the day, but closed his front nine with three birdies, and he enters the back nine at 1 under.

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Update No. 11: 10:41 a.m. EDT

A birdie by Boo Weekley at the par-3 sixth hole moves him to 4 under and into the outright lead. Weekley has made 10 straight cuts since missing the cut at the Sony Open, his first tournament of the 2013 Tour season.

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Update No. 10: 10:32 a.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia birdied the par-5 10th to begin his round, but he's 3 over for his last 11 holes and enters the par-4 fourth hole at 2 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 9: 10:19 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson played the back nine in 2 under and now he starts the front nine off with a birdie at No. 1. Lefty is now tied for the lead at 3 under.

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Update No. 8: 10:03 a.m. EDT

Robert Karlsson has missed 4-of-6 cuts so far this season on Tour, and he hasn't finished better than T-30. But this week he's playing in his own backyard – he lives in Charlotte. Karlsson is 3 under through 10 holes and currently holds a share of the lead.

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Update No. 7: 9:48 a.m. EDT

Webb Simpson enters this week as one of the favorites. He's 1 under through nine holes after starting on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 15th for his only birdie so far today.

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Update No. 6: 9:37 a.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, David Lynn and David Hearn have all moved to 3 under and into a share of the lead. Spieth is 3 under through his first five holes.

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Update No. 5: 9:20 a.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 15 moves Rickie Fowler to 2 under, which is still good for a share of the lead as no one has made it to 3 under yet.

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Update No. 4: 8:51 a.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler birdies the par-4 14th to move to 1 under. Also, Phil Mickelson has joined the leaders at 2 under thanks to birdies at Nos. 13-14.

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Update No. 3: 8:48 a.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth has birdied his first two holes (Nos. 1-2) and has moved into a share of the lead at 2 under. Spieth has already earned special temporary status on Tour for the remainder of this season. He's posted three top 10s, too.

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Update No. 2: 8:29 a.m. EDT

Chris Kirk is among the early leaders at 2 under. Kirk birdied Nos. 2-3 to get there. He's made 9-of-10 cuts so far this season on Tour to go along with a pair of top-5 finishes, including a runner-up showing at Pebble Beach in early February. Kirk, however, has only finished inside the top 20 once since Pebble Beach. He's still 18th in the FedEx Cup standings, though.

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Update No. 1: 8:24 a.m. EDT

Defending champion Rickie Fowler is two holes into his round. After starting on the back nine, Fowler has pars at Nos. 10-11 and is even par early in the day. His playing competitor, Phil Mickelson, is also even.

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