Tracker: Cabrera leads Wells Fargo Championship
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler will be among the notables taking aim at a Wells Fargo Championship win during Thursday's first round.
Follow the first-round action from Quail Hollow right here – and scroll down for our previous PGA Tour coverage this week!
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Update #16: 6:25 p.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson scrambles for par from a fairway bunker at the 18th to wrap up a 67 and finish the first round one back of leader Angel Cabrera, T-2 with Martin Flores.
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Update #15: 6:17 p.m. EDT
A three-putt drops Phil Mickelson from the lead and into a tie for second at 5 under, one shot back of Angel Cabrera. Martin Flores carded a 67 this afternoon. Webb Simpson falls to 4 under with a 68 after bogeying the 18th, one of five players tied for fourth.
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Update #14: 5:58 p.m. EDT
Justin Rose birdies the 15th to move to T-5 at 4 under, with four other players on that mark. Rose is looking for his first Tour win since last year's U.S. Open at Merion.
Co-leader Phil Mickelson pars the 16th to remain 6 under and tied with Angel Cabrera.
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Update #13: 5:46 p.m. EDT
Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15-16 lift Webb Simpson to T-3 at 5 under, one back of co-leaders Angel Cabrera and Phil Mickelson. Simpson, a product of Wake Forest, is looking for his second win of the season.
MIckelson pars the 16th to remain 6 under.
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Update #12: 5:31 p.m. EDT
Bogeys at Nos. 13 and 17 drop Phil Mickelson and Martin Flores respectively to T-2 at 5 under.
Mickelson, however, birdies again at No. 15 to climb back into a share of the lead with Angel Cabrera.
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Update #11: 4:45 p.m. EDT
Suddenly there's a three-way tie atop the leaderboard: Phil Mickelson catches Angel Cabrera with a birdie at the 12th, while Martin Flores does the same with a birdie at the 15th. They're all 6 under, Cabrera having finished during the morning.
Zach Johnson is making a move too, with four birdies in five holes – including three to start the back nine as he move to 2 under and T-17.
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Update #10: 4:32 p.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson misses the fairway at the 11th hole and scrambles with his next two shots, then sinks a long par putt to remain 5 under and a shot back of leader Angel Cabrera, T-2 with Martin Flores.
Mickelson made the turn at 4 under thanks in part to this approach at No. 8 that yielded a birdie.
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Update #9: 4:18 p.m. EDT
His third birdie in four holes pulls Phil Mickelson within a shot of leader Angel Cabrera. At 5 under, he's T-2 alongside Martin Flores.
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Update #8: 3:59 p.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson is rallying. Birdies at No. 7 and 8 get him to 4 under and he follows with a par as he makes the turn two shots back of leader Angel Cabrera. Martin Laird also is 4 under this afternoon, through eight holes.
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Update #7: 3:05 p.m. EDT
Carl Petterson's first back-to-back birdies of the day give him four in his last six and push him to T-2, two shots back of leader Angel Cabrera. Petterson, an N.C. State product by way of Sweden, is looking for his first top-10 finish since the Puerto Rico Open in March.
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Update #6: 2:49 p.m. EDT
Three players are 3 under during the front nine of their afternoon rounds, two of them major champions in Justin Rose and Webb Simpson. Carl Petterson is the other. They're among 10 players who are T-4, three shots back of leader Angel Cabrera.
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Update #5: 2:31 p.m. EDT
Let's check in on players in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings who are in this week's Wells Fargo field:
- 8. Zach Johnson: T-77, 1 over through four holes
- 9. Hunter Mahan: T-42, even-par 72
- 11. Webb Simpson: T-11, 2 under through four holes
- 12. Justin Rose: T-21, 1 under through four holes
- 15. Jim Furyk: T-40, even through five holes
- 17. Phil Mickelson: T-11, 2 under through four holes
- 20. Rory McIlroy: T-4, 3-under 69
- 21. Gary Woodland: T-22, 1-under 71
- 22. Hideki Matsuyama: T-4, 3-under 69
- 23. Jamie Donaldson: T-128, 3-over 75
- 24. Lee Westwood: T-128, 3 over through five holes
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Update #4: 1:01 p.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy's up-and-down attempt at No. 9 wraps up a 69 on the strength of a 3-under front nine. He's three back of leader Angel Cabrera, T-4 with six others – four of them in the clubhouse (Martin Kaymer, Kevin Na, Vijay Singh and Shawn Stefani).
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Update #3: 12:43 p.m. EDT
It's not often you see a player finish a round bogey-eagle-eagle-bogey, but that's what Martin Kaymer did to wrap up his 69 Thursday. Kaymer eagled the par-5 seventh hole by reaching in two and making a putt from inside 20 feet. At the short par-4 eighth, he drove it to inside 75 yards and holed out his wedge shot. A failed sand-save attempt at the next hole left him three shots back of leader Angel Cabrera.
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Update #2: 12:27 p.m. EDT
Leader Angel Cabrera runs off three pars to end his round of 66, giving him a two-shot lead as he heads to the clubhouse. A trio of players are 4 under: Bud Cauley, Stewart Cink and Martin Kaymer. Another shot back is a logjam of seven players at 3 under, among them Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy played during the pro-am with a lucky First Tee program winner.
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Update #1: 11:25 a.m. EDT
Quail Hollow has many similarities to Augusta National, so we probably shouldn't be surprised that Angel Cabrera is atop the early leaderboard after going 6 under through 15 holes. The Argentinian ran off four consecutive birdies starting at No. 9 and is currently one ahead of Stewart Cink.
Rory McIlroy is lurking at 2 under through 12 holes.
Last weekend's champ Seung-Yul Noh is having a round to forget at 4 over through 13 holes, but he did have one highlight moment on No. 15 with this long eagle:
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