Tracker: Cabrera, Flores lead; Lefty, McIlroy drop

Phil Mickelson during the PGA Tour's 2014 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

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Angel Cabrera stayed in the lead Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship, but this time he shares the top spot with Martin Flores through 36 holes at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Cabrera shot 3-under 69 while Flores carded a 68. At 9 under, they lead Justin Rose by a shot.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy entered the day near the lead, but both struggled in the second round – Mickelson shot 75 to fall to 2 under while McIlroy's 76 dropped him to 1 over, where he made the cut on the number along with Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and others.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in Charlotte:

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Update #17: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera bogeys his final hole, the par-4 ninth, to fall back to 9 under and into a tie for the clubhouse lead with Martin Flores.

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Update #16: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera's birdie at the par-4 eighth hole is his fourth birdie in his last five holes. As a result, Cabrera is the solo leader once again – he's 10 under overall heading to his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth.

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Update #15: 4:57 p.m. EDT

As the afternoon rounds begin to finish up, Shawn Stefani and Angel Cabrera have worked their way into a tie for second with Justin Rose at 8 under. Stefani is 5 under through 16 holes today while Cabrera is 2 under through 15 holes. Stewart Cink (7 under, 3 under thru 13) and J.B. Holmes (7 under, 5 under thru 11) are also in position to potentially grab the lead by day's end – Martin Flores currently is the clubhouse leader at 9 under.

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Update #14: 4:32 p.m. EDT

Earlier today, Brendon de Jonge tied Rory McIlroy's course record of 10-under 62 at Quail Hollow Club. De Jonge's round included no bogeys, eight birdies and an eagle at the par-4 14th – and it came after he shot 80 in the first round.

Click here to read more about de Jonge's record-tying second round.

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Update #13: 3:47 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes the turn at 1 over for the tournament, which puts him right on the projected cut line. He shot 4-over 40 on the front nine, making two birdies, two bogeys and a pair of double bogeys in his first nine holes.

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Update #12: 3:18 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is currently at 1 over with 74 players safe as of right now. Among those one the cut line:

  • Ted Potter Jr., F (1-over 73)
  • Mike Weir, 1 over thru 8
  • Charlie Beljan, 1 under thru 6
  • Brendon Todd, 2 over thru 5

And among those below the cut line:

  • Jeff Overton, 2 over, F (3-over 75)
  • Jimmy Walker, 2 over, even thru 8
  • Bill Haas, 2 over, 1 under thru 8
  • Rory McIlroy, 2 over, 5 over thru 7
  • Rickie Fowler, 2 over, even thru 7
  • Lee Westwood, 3 over, F (4-over 76)

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Update #11: 2:48 p.m. EDT

Check out this hole-out for eagle at the par-4 11th hole by leader Martin Flores, who is in the clubhouse at 9 under.

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Update #10: 2:40 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes his second straight double bogey, at the par-4 fourth, to drop to 2 over, 5 over through four holes today.

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Update #9: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy misses another putt inside of 5 feet, this time a 4-footer for bogey at the par-4 third. He ends up with double bogey on the hole to drop to even par, 3 over through three holes today.

McIlroy has struggled with his putting so far this season. He ranks 141st in strokes gained-putting (-0.190) and 120th in total putting (237.9).

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Update #8: 1:47 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy missed the fairway right off the tee at the par-4 first hole, but stuck his approach to 12 feet and two-putted for par. He then landed his tee shot at the par-3 second to 12 feet, but three-putted for bogey to drop to 2 under overall.

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Update #7: 1:28 p.m. EDT

After Thursday's opening-round 66, Angel Cabrera is off to a good start today. He birdied the par-5 10th hole before making par at the par-4 11th. At 7 under, he's solo third and two shots back.

Cabrera is searching for his third made cut of the season and first finish better than T-43. He's missed seven of nine cuts.

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Update #6: 12:48 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson finishes with a 3-over 75 and he'll enter the weekend at 2 under overall. Mickelson made three birdies and six bogeys today. His playing competitor, Justin Rose, fared better. Rose shot 67 to move to 8 under, one shot off the lead.

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Update #5: 12:24 p.m. EDT

Brendon de Jonge is on a 59 watch right now. He shot a 6-under 30 on the back nine and now has three more birdies so far on the front nine. Through 14 holes, he's 9 under and needs birdies on his final four holes to shoot 59.

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Update #4: 12:15 p.m. EDT

Martin Flores just wrapped up a 4-under 68 and he is now the clubhouse leader at 9 under. Flores has made 10 of 15 cuts this season and has yet to record a top-10 finish. He does, however, have four top-20 finishes in his last six starts.

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Update #3: 11:47 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson birdies the par-5 fifth hole for just his second birdie in 14 holes today. He's 3 over for his round and 2 under overall, seven shots behind leader Martin Flores, who is 4 under through 17 holes today.

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Update #2: 11:15 a.m. EDT

We're already underway in Round 2, but here's a recap of Thursday's first-round action.

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Update #1: 10:15 a.m. EDT

2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is riding a hot hand early, moving to 7 under and a shot off the lead behind two birdies and an eagle.

Other notables on the course: Phil Mickelson has two bogeys and a birdie through eight holes to fall back to 4 under, three shots back of Martin Flores. Webb Simpson is 2 over on his round after an opening bogey at the par-5 10th and adding two more on Nos. 13 and 18.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Cabrera, Mickelson stand out at Quail Hollow

Angel Cabrera rose to the top of a star-studded field at Quail Hollow, thanks to a first-round 66 to open the Wells Fargo Championship. That gives him a one-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson, who came to Quail Hollow looking to find some form after missing the cut at his beloved Masters, and Martin Flores. Here are 5 Things to know.

Tracker: A. Cabrera takes Wells Fargo lead

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are among the notables taking aim at a Wells Fargo Championship win this week – but it was Angel Cabrera who moved to the first-round lead. Recap the action here.

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Pre-tournament coverage

Expert picks: Wells Fargo Championship 2014

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are earning multiple mentions among our experts' picks for this week's Wells Fargo Championship on PGA Tour. See the rest of their takes and the reasons behind them.

Mickelson applauds changes at Quail Hollow

"I’ve always thought it was one of the best tee-to-green courses I’ve seen," Phil Mickelson said late Wednesday afternoon after his pro-am round – before praising changes at Quail Hollow Club, site of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

FedEx Cup standing reflect shakeup atop Tour

How upside-down has the PGA Tour season been? Consider we’re 24 tournaments into the FedEx Cup campaign, only 17 remain to gather points and casual fans might not recognize the majority of the top 30 names in the current standings. In fact, if the field for the Tour Championship were to be drawn now from the top 30 names in the FEC standings, only nine would have been involved in last year’s finale

Why improv was key for Casey in New Orleans

It seems like just yesterday that Englishman Paul Casey was ranked No. 3 in the world, but he's now 36 and playing out of the Past Champion category after some down years and assorted injuries. Offered a sponsor exemption into the Zurich Classic, Casey was making just his seventh start and certainly every chance is precious.

Since 2013 Wells Fargo win, Ernst changed it all

It has been said that when winning a PGA Tour event, a player shouldn’t change anything – except perhaps underwear. But apparently Derek Ernst didn’t get the memo. Ernst, you might recall, was one of the most remarkable sports stories in 2013. A 22-year-old Tour rookie ranked No. 1,207 in the world, he won the Wells Fargo Championship over the heavyweight likes of, among others, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood.

Notes: Zurich Classic's latest first; Horschel's drop; more

Seung-Yul Noh became the seventh player in the past 10 years to make the Zurich Classic his first PGA Tour victory. That’s positive news for the 22-year-old South Korean, but Noh hopes another trend doesn’t continue. Four of those previous six winners at the Zurich – Tim Petrovic, Chris Couch, Andres Romero and Billy Horschel – haven't won again.

Miller tries many doors in quest for Tour opening

That Mike Miller is teeing it up in this week’s Web.com Tour stop, the South Georgia Classic, is a tribute to his doggedness. When the door shut on Miller's bid to win an exemption into the tournament a few weeks ago, he could have returned to the eGolf Tour. Instead, coming close made him only more determined. “It gets me fired up and excited,” he said.

Rude: Simpson builds on year with plenty of positives

Mind games are in play every week on the PGA Tour, probably every minute. A player goes through a bad patch and he has a mental decision to make. In rudimentary terms, it pretty much comes down to half full or half empty, positive attitude or negative one. Like happiness, it’s a choice. So it goes for Webb Simpson these days.

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