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Jonathan Byrd began the sudden death playoff against Lucas Glover at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship with a bunker drive on hole No. 18. Glover, once Byrd's Clemson teammate, countered with a stern shot down the middle of the Quail Hollow Club fairway.
Byrd's second shot was only slightly better, whistling over the fairway and landing inches from a small stream near the green. It was technically in the hazard, but thankfully for Byrd still on turf. Glover belted his onto the green and enjoyed a decent roll.
After Byrd chose to chip out of his disadvantage and wound up sending his ball well past the hole, his recovery putt finished a tap-in away from the hole, giving him a bogey on the hole. Glover had two putts to win, with the first coming up well short but the second finding the cup for par and the victory.
Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover will head to a playoff to decide the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club, each scoring 15-under. Rory Sabbatini turned in a scalding 7-under final round score to finish in the mix at 14-under, then retired to the Quail Hollow Club clubhouse to watch the remaining proceedings.
Up by a stroke, Glover tore his drive on hole No. 18 far left of the fairway. Though he'd only hit six fairways on the day, it still meant a challenging recovery -- the hill it wound up on was so steep that a person had to sit in front of the ball to keep it from rolling away as it was marked for Glover's second shot. He plowed his way out of trouble and near the green, chipping on to the dance floor and in for par.
Byrd came into Sunday holding a 2-stroke lead, but finished his front nine with a pair of bogeys while Glover teed off his back nine with an eagle. Needing a birdie to force a playoff against his former Clemson teammate, Byrd tore his drive down the middle, found the green and converted a long putt to head to extra frames.
As all three top players are already in the 2011 PLAYERS Championship field, the stakes weren't as high as they could've been, but 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.1 million are on the line for the two former teammates.
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Jonathan Byrd came into Round 4 of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship with a 2-stroke lead, which he's increased to 3 through seven holes. The leaderboard's front-runner scored birdies on holes No. 6 and 7, extending his advantage over Bill Haas, Brian Davis and Lucas Glover. The former two have just started their back nines, while Glover has completed eight.
Phil Mickelson is nearly done with his day, but has put together an excellent round through 15 holes to enter the top 10 at 11-under. He's posted six birdies to present a 4-under round thus far. Padraig Harrington has had the hottest Sunday, however, shooting 6-under through 15 holes.
If Byrd hangs on, this will be his sixth career tournament win, his second of 2011 and third since October of last year.
Johnathan Byrd fired a third round 67 to take a one-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on Saturday, coming from behind to overtake leader Pat Perez. The two are closely bunched at the top, with Byrd at 15-under for the tournament and Perez at 14-under. Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover are three shots behind the lead at 12-under.
On Sunday, the final round gets underway at Quail Hollow, with the leaders set to take the course at 1:45 p.m. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. on CBS and runs until the tournament concludes. With seven golfers within five shots of the lead, anything can happen in the final round, and we'll be tracking the action in our Wells Fargo Championship StoryStream.
Here are the final round tee times for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
|1:45 pm||Byrd, Jonathan||Perez, Pat|
|1:35 pm||Cink, Stewart||Glover, Lucas|
|1:25 pm||Romero, Andres||Na, Kevin|
|1:15 pm||Haas, Bill||Davis, Brian|
|1:05 pm||Holmes, J.B.||Love III, Davis|
|12:55 pm||Fowler, Rickie||Gates, Bobby|
|12:45 pm||Jones, Matt||Marino, Steve|
|12:35 pm||Pettersson, Carl||Sabbatini, Rory|
|12:25 pm||Johnson, Zach||Mahan, Hunter|
|12:15 pm||Garrigus, Robert||Cejka, Alex|
|12:05 pm||Toms, David||Singh, Vijay|
|11:55 am||Mickelson, Phil||Harrington, Padraig|
|11:45 am||Moore, Ryan||Van Pelt, Bo|
|11:35 am||Senden, John||Woodland, Gary|
|11:25 am||Bowditch, Steven||Simpson, Webb|
|11:15 am||Wagner, Johnson||Stanley, Kyle|
|11:05 am||Allenby, Robert||Stroud, Chris|
|10:55 am||Thompson, Michael||Herman, Jim|
|10:45 am||Overton, Jeff||Horschel, Billy|
|10:35 am||Herron, Tim||Garcia, Sergio|
|10:25 am||Furyk, Jim||Rose, Justin|
|10:16 am||Trahan, D.J.||Jones, Kent|
|10:07 am||Watson, Bubba||Warren, Charles|
|9:58 am||Ridings, Tag||Bohn, Jason|
|9:49 am||Henry, J.J.||Stankowski, Paul|
|9:40 am||Ogilvie, Joe||Molinari, Edoardo|
|9:31 am||Immelman, Trevor||Driscoll, James|
|9:22 am||de Jonge, Brendon||Weekley, Boo|
|9:13 am||Tringale, Cameron||Kaymer, Martin|
|9:04 am||Leishman, Marc||Walker, Jimmy|
|8:55 am||Howell III, Charles||Steele, Brendan|
|8:46 am||Lyle, Jarrod||Jobe, Brandt|
|8:37 am||Reavie, Chez||Rollins, John|
|8:28 am||Imada, Ryuji||Goggin, Mathew|
|8:19 am||Prugh, Alex||Johnson, Richard S.|
|8:10 am||Mayfair, Billy|
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After the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, the leader makes some sense: it's a Byrd that is on top at Quail Hollow.
Jonathan Byrd shot a 5-under 67 on Saturda, to move to 15-under for the tournament and take a one-shot lead on Pat Perez. Byrd's 67 is his third round in the 60s at the Wells Fargo this week.
Perez shot a 2-under 70 to move to 14-under for the tournament stay close to the lead that he owned at the beginning of Saturday. Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover are tied for third at 12-under.
Byrd's back nine was his difference-making stretch: after playing the front nine in even par, Byrd rolled in five birdies and made no bogeys on the way in, vaulting up the leaderboard in the process.
Pat Perez still has the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship. But he's far from the only player shooting well at Quail Hollow.
Perez is 2-under on his third round through 11 holes, and, at 14-under for the tournament, leads Andres Romero and Jonathan Byrd by two strokes. But Romero and others have been hot; Romero is 6-under through 16 holes in his third round, and he isn't even the low player on Saturday.
That sterling round hasn't quite brought Holmes to the cusp of the lead, but his five-shot deficit to Perez is much smaller than the ten-shot gap he faced entering Saturday.
At Quail Hollow on Saturday afternoon, most of the Wells Fargo Championship leaders have yet to tee off, but Rory Sabbatini is enjoying a terrific Round 3 to move near the top of the leaderboard. Currently on the 18th hole, Sabbatini is 6-under for the day and tied on the leaderboard with Hunter Mahan, who is catching fire on the front nine.
The South African scored a great front nine, with birdies on the second, third, fifth, eighth, and ninth holes. He stumbled a bit with back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th, but recovered nicely with an eagle on the 16th hole. Sabbatini is now 7-under for the tournament, five strokes behind leader Pat Perez, who tees off at 3:15 p.m. ET.
Elsewhere, Mahan is making serious headway. He's 5-under through the front nine, having answered a lone bogey with six birdies.
Sabbatini, age 35, is looking for the seventh PGA Tour win of his career. The 28-year-old Mahan is on the hunt for his fourth.
Pat Perez heads into the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow with a two-shot lead over first-round leader Bill Haas after firing a second round 65 to move to 12-under for the tournament. Haas sits in a two-way tie for second at 10-under along with Jonathan Byrd. Lurking three shots back are Phil Mickelson and Lucas Glover at 9-under for the tournament.
The third round gets underway at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday after the field was pared down following the cut on Friday. Defending champion Rory McIlroy was a victim of the cut after a subpar first two days that left him at 3-over for the tournament.
Coverage of the third round begins at 3 p.m. EDT on CBS. The broadcast will continue until 6 p.m., or whenever the final group is off the course.
Here are the tee times for Saturday's third round in descending order.
|1:45 pm||Perez, Pat||Haas, Bill|
|1:35 pm||Byrd, Jonathan||Mickelson, Phil|
|1:25 pm||Glover, Lucas||Singh, Vijay|
|1:15 pm||Pettersson, Carl||Cink, Stewart|
|1:05 pm||Davis, Brian||Simpson, Webb|
|12:55 pm||Marino, Steve||Na, Kevin|
|12:45 pm||Van Pelt, Bo||Senden, John|
|12:35 pm||Garcia, Sergio||Toms, David|
|12:25 pm||Moore, Ryan||Bohn, Jason|
|12:15 pm||Romero, Andres||Herron, Tim|
|12:05 pm||Imada, Ryuji||Love III, Davis|
|11:55 am||Jones, Matt||Horschel, Billy|
|11:45 am||Bowditch, Steven||Gates, Bobby|
|11:35 am||Garrigus, Robert||Cejka, Alex|
|11:25 am||Warren, Charles||Ridings, Tag|
|11:15 am||Fowler, Rickie||Watson, Bubba|
|11:05 am||Kaymer, Martin||Harrington, Padraig|
|10:55 am||Rollins, John||Overton, Jeff|
|10:45 am||Jones, Kent||Mahan, Hunter|
|10:35 am||Holmes, J.B.||Reavie, Chez|
|10:25 am||Mayfair, Billy||Campbell, Chad|
|10:15 am||Thompson, Michael||Herman, Jim|
|10:05 am||Mathis, David||Tringale, Cameron|
|9:55 am||Jobe, Brandt||Johnson, Zach|
|9:45 am||Lyle, Jarrod||Stroud, Chris|
|9:35 am||Weekley, Boo||Woodland, Gary|
|9:25 am||Allenby, Robert||Trahan, D.J.|
|9:16 am||de Jonge, Brendon||Johnson, Richard S.|
|9:07 am||Stanley, Kyle||Driscoll, James|
|8:58 am||Steele, Brendan||Sabbatini, Rory|
|8:49 am||Slocum, Heath||Atwal, Arjun|
|8:40 am||Immelman, Trevor||Prugh, Alex|
|8:31 am||Ogilvie, Joe||Molinari, Edoardo|
|8:22 am||Goggin, Mathew||McNeill, George|
|8:13 am||Rose, Justin||Green, Nathan|
|8:04 am||Wagner, Johnson||Lunde, Bill|
|7:55 am||Haas, Hunter||Stallings, Scott|
|7:46 am||Putnam, Michael||Howell III, Charles|
|7:37 am||Henry, J.J.||Stankowski, Paul|
|7:28 am||Furyk, Jim||Kim, Anthony|
|7:19 am||Leishman, Marc||Walker, Jimmy|
|7:10 am||Gutschewski, Scott||Kim, Bio|
On Friday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Pat Perez has ascended to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, pieced together a masterful second round to come within three strokes of the lead.
Perez followed up his 5-under Round 1 with a 7-under Round 2 on Friday, as he compensated for two bogeys with nine birdies. The 35-year-old is over two years removed from his lone PGA tournament win, which came in January of 2009.
Phil Mickelson shot 6-under for the day, having completed Round 2 without committing a single bogey. He now sits in a tie for fourth, and is 9-under overall for the tournament. The best round of the day was had by John Senden, who shot 8-under after shooting 2-over on Thursday.
Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks after Round 2:
1. Pat Perez (-12)
T2. Bill Haas (-10)
T2. Jonathan Byrd
T4. Phil Mickelson (-9)
T4. Lucas Glover
T6. Vijay Singh (-8)
T6. Carl Pettersson
T6. Stewart Cink
Phil Mickelson will enter the weekend at Quail Hallow one stroke back of the lead after shooting a 6-under in the second round of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship on Friday. Mickelson posted an error-free scorecard that boasted three birdies on the front and back 9 en route to a 66. Coupled with his 69 on Thursday, Phil is now 9-under for the tournament.
Bill Haas remains the name atop the Wells Fargo leaderboard after the second round, just as he was at the end of the day on Thursday. He backed up his first round 8-under with a respectable round of 2-under on Friday.
Chasing Haas and Mickelson is Vijay Singh, who is now 8-under for the tournament with a 4-under second round. Just behind him are three players tied for fourth at 7-under.
There are still many golfers yet to begin their second round as play was delayed briefly on Friday afternoon due to a rain shower in Charlotte.
Phil Mickelson has soared up the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard in the second round on Friday, shooting a 5-under at Quail Hallow through 13 holes. He is currently putting together the best round of the day, and is now at 8-under for the tournament and in second place. Mickelson's scoring started early with birdies on his third and fourth holes of the morning. He posted another birdie on the 18th hole (his ninth) and two more on the back nine so far for an error-free scorecard.
The man he is still currently chasing is Bill Haas, who is 1-under on the day through 13, a far cry from the 8-under Haas put together in the first round on Thursday.
Other notable scores thus far in the second round include 4-unders from J.P. Holmes, Matt Jones and Brian Davis, all of whom are on the back nine now and tied for third place.
The players did experience a brief weather delay during the second round as a shower moved through Charlotte, NC, but weather is not expected to be an issue the rest of the afternoon.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more 2011 Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard updates throughout the tournament.
After one day of play in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, Bill Hass holds a two-shot lead over the field. Hass fired an 8-under 64 on Thursday to vault into the lead ahead of Jonathan Byrd and David Toms, who each sit at 6-under for the tournament. Lucas Glover and Pat Perez are three shots back at 5-under heading into Friday's second round.
Rory McIlroy made his return to American soil after a disastrous final round at The Masters, but struggled again on Thursday. McIlroy shot a 75 to open the tournament and sits a whopping 13 shots back in a tie for 107th place. In other notables: Phil Mickelson is at 3-under, in a tie for 11th with Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and others.
The field hits the course again on Friday for the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, with tee times scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. The Golf Channel will have the coverage beginning at 3 p.m. EDT and running until 6 p.m.
Once again, the field will be split in two on Friday, with half starting on hole No. 1 and half on No. 10. The following groups will tee off on the first hole.
|7:00 am||Warren, Charles||Barnes, Ricky||Stroud, Chris|
|7:10 am||Wood, Willie||Na, Kevin||Goggin, Mathew|
|7:20 am||Imada, Ryuji||McNeill, George||Fowler, Rickie|
|7:30 am||Wilson, Mark||Haas, Bill||Love III, Davis|
|7:40 am||Vegas, Jhonattan||Mahan, Hunter||Rose, Justin|
|7:50 am||Hoffman, Charley||Lamely, Derek||Green, Nathan|
|8:00 am||Lunde, Bill||Van Pelt, Bo||Holmes, J.B.|
|8:10 am||Trahan, D.J.||Goydos, Paul||de Jonge, Brendon|
|8:20 am||Durant, Joe||Jones, Matt||Klauk, Jeff|
|8:30 am||Mayfair, Billy||Teater, Josh||Chappell, Kevin|
|8:40 am||Haas, Hunter||Thompson, Michael||Kang, Sunghoon|
|8:50 am||Stanley, Kyle||Stallings, Scott||Thompson, Kyle|
|9:00 am||Mathis, David||Bowditch, Steven||Camplin, Todd|
|12:10 pm||Senden, John||Willis, Garrett||Stadler, Kevin|
|12:20 pm||Curtis, Ben||Maggert, Jeff||DiMarco, Chris|
|12:30 pm||Stankowski, Paul||Jacobson, Fredrik||Driscoll, James|
|12:40 pm||Watson, Bubba||Furyk, Jim||McIlroy, Rory|
|12:50 pm||Kaymer, Martin||Kim, Anthony||Harrington, Padraig|
|1:00 pm||Appleby, Stuart||Pettersson, Carl||Cink, Stewart|
|1:10 pm||Glover, Lucas||Perez, Pat||Taylor, Vaughn|
|1:20 pm||Slocum, Heath||Atwal, Arjun||Rollins, John|
|1:30 pm||Romero, Andres||Marino, Steve||Overton, Jeff|
|1:40 pm||Flesch, Steve||Ogilvie, Joe||Molinari, Edoardo|
|1:50 pm||Tomasulo, Peter||Summerhays, Daniel||McGirt, William|
|2:00 pm||Lyle, Jarrod||Hearn, David||Knost, Colt|
|2:10 pm||Miller, Zack||Kim, Bio||Smith, Nate|
The follow groups tee-off on No. 10, beginning at 7 a.m.
|7:00 am||Jones, Kent||Ridings, Tag||Davis, Brian|
|7:10 am||Wilson, Dean||Herron, Tim||Molder, Bryce|
|7:20 am||Weekley, Boo||Simpson, Webb||Kirk, Chris|
|7:30 am||Mickelson, Phil||Woodland, Gary||Watney, Nick|
|7:40 am||Johnson, Dustin||Casey, Paul||Singh, Vijay|
|7:50 am||Wagner, Johnson||Turnesa, Marc||Allenby, Robert|
|8:00 am||Bettencourt, Matt||Villegas, Camilo||Beckman, Cameron|
|8:10 am||Mediate, Rocco||Stenson, Henrik||Reavie, Chez|
|8:20 am||Micheel, Shaun||Chalmers, Greg||Gainey, Tommy|
|8:30 am||Johnson, Richard S.||Campbell, Chad||Sutherland, Kevin|
|8:40 am||Brigman, D.J.||Gomez, Fabian||Herman, Jim|
|8:50 am||Putnam, Michael||Horschel, Billy||Griffin, Lanto|
|9:00 am||Tringale, Cameron||Gates, Bobby||Kisner, Kevin|
|12:10 pm||Petrovic, Tim||Adams, Blake||Merritt, Troy|
|12:20 pm||Howell III, Charles||Henry, J.J.||Jobe, Brandt|
|12:30 pm||Beem, Rich||Duval, David||Collins, Chad|
|12:40 pm||Steele, Brendan||Laird, Martin||Bramlett, Joseph|
|12:50 pm||Sabbatini, Rory||Points, D.A.||Byrd, Jonathan|
|1:00 pm||Matteson, Troy||Garcia, Sergio||Toms, David|
|1:10 pm||Garrigus, Robert||Johnson, Zach||Moore, Ryan|
|1:20 pm||Bohn, Jason||Renner, Jim||Immelman, Trevor|
|1:30 pm||Cejka, Alex||Karlsson, Robert||Prugh, Alex|
|1:40 pm||Leishman, Marc||Walker, Jimmy||Blanks, Kris|
|1:50 pm||Faxon, Brad||Hayes, J.P.||Connell, Michael|
|2:00 pm||Gutschewski, Scott||Martin, Ben||Saunders, Sam|
|2:10 pm||Bradley, Keegan||Hicks, Justin||Bigley, Bryan|
Bill Haas took an impressive 8-under score into the Quail Hollow clubhouse at the end of the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship's first round, putting him two strokes ahead of Jonathan Byrd and David Toms. Haas got hot in the middle of his round, shooting eight birdies between holes No. 2 and 15.
Phil Mickelson is tied for 11th place at 3-under, with world No. 2 Martin Kaymer among the bunch close behind at 2-under. Rory McIlroy struggled to a 3-over final score for the round, bogeying two of his last three holes. Lucas Glover and Pat Perez round out the top five, each finishing 5-under.
Haas has two career PGA Tour wins, with the 2010 Viking Classic his last tournament victory.
On Thursday afternoon at Quail Hollow, Jonathan Byrd and David Toms find themselves sharing a tie for first on the Wells Fargo championship leaderboard. As of this writing, both players stand at 5-under through the first 15 holes.
Toms managed an eagle on the seventh hole, and added birdies on the sixth, 10th, and 14th holes. Toms has 12 PGA Tour wins to his name, but he's over five years removed from his last championship.
Byrd more than made up for a lone bogey on the sixth hole with birdies on the second, fifth, seventh, eighth, 11th, and 14th holes. Byrd most recently won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.
Many of the big names on the PGA Tour have yet to tee off. Rickie Fowler starts his day at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Phil MIckelson begins play at 12:40 p.m.
The 2011 Wells Fargo Championship begins at 7 am ET Thursday, when Players Championship hopefuls tee off among the first two groups. All told Quail Hollow Club's features twelve of the world's top 25 players, including Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer and defending champ Rory McIlroy.
The Golf Channel will begin live TV coverage at 3 pm.
Kaymer gets an early 7:40 am start, joined by Anthony Kim and Padraig Harrington, while Mickelson, along with Gary Woodland and Nick Watney, starts at 12:40 pm. The most crowded group, teeing off on the back nine at 7:30 am, includes McIlroy, Zurich Classic winner Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk. The latter, like McIlroy, is a former event champion, and all three are among the world's top 15.
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The last time Rory McIlroy played on American soil still lingers in the minds of many, including McIlroy himself. On Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, McIlroy turned a four-shot advantage into a final round 80 at The Masters, shooting himself out of contention with triple-bogey seven on the 10th hole. This week, he's back and set to compete in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
McIlroy sought out advice from a man who knows heartbreak at Augusta National: Greg Norman. ESPN's Bob Harig caught up with the two in the days leading up to the Wells Fargo Championship and Norman doled-out some friendly advice.
"He sort of just said to me, from now on, don't read golf magazines, don't pick up papers, don't watch the Golf Channel," McIlroy said. "But it's hard not to. Obviously you want to keep up to date with what's going on. But you can't let other people sort of influence what you're thinking and what you should do.
McIlroy did bounce-back, to some extent, the week after The Masters. At the Malaysian Open, he took the lead into the third round, only to fade down the stretch. Still, he finished in third place, just two shots behind winner Matteo Manassero.
McIlroy gets back into the swing of things Thursday at Quail Hollow. For the latest on the tournament, stay with our 2011 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow StoryStream. For all things golf, head over to SB Nation's Waggle Room.
If you're not already in the field for next week's Players Championship, there's one way left to qualify: Win the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. Rory McIlroy won the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship and given his recent performance at the Masters, he might be set up perfectly to repeat.
A few other former tournament winners will be on hand at Quail Hollow Club, including 2008 champion Anthony Kim, 2006's Jim Furyk, 2005's Vijay Singh and 2003's David Toms. Tiger Woods will skip the Wells Fargo as he nurses a knee injury.
Twelve of the top 25 players in the world are scheduled to compete, including No. 2 Martin Kaymer, No. 4 Phil Mickelson, No.6 Rory McIlroy, No. 8 Paul Casey, No. 10, Bubba Watson, No. 13 Dustin Johnson, No. 14 Jim Furyk and No. 15 Nick Watney. The field also includes 12 of the 17 different winners on the Tour so far this year.
Things kicked off Monday with the first of two Pro-Am days. To see the full list of golfers and tee times, click here.
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