Wells Fargo Championship 2014: J.B. Holmes leads, Phil Mickelson charges back

Streeter Lecka

Phil Mickelson is back in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship following a red-hot third round.

Phil Mickelson's up-and-down week continued during the third round of the Wells Fargo Classic, with Lefty racing up the leaderboard and back into contention with a 9-under round of 63. Mickelson jumped from 30th place to third and trails J.B. Holmes by two shots through 54 holes.

Mickelson fell off the lead on Friday after shooting a 3-over 75. He didn't waste any time making up ground, though, going on a red-number string starting at No. 3. He birdied four straight holes and headed to the par-5, seventh hole with a good chance to pick up another stroke. He didn't settle for birdie, drilling a beautiful second shot into the green and holing the 14-foot eagle putt to drop to 6-under on the round. He wasn't done yet, notching a birdie on No. 8 to make six straight holes in the red. He made the turn at 29 and while he only managed to shoot a 34 on the back nine, it was still good enough to shoot 63 and drop to 11-under heading into the final day.

"I was able to put everything together," Mickelson said, via PGA Tour.com. "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."

Mickelson trails Holmes by two with Martin Flores alone in second place at 12-under. Holmes jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under round of 66. He carded seven birdies on the day with the only blemish coming on a bogey at No. 9. Flores carded a third straight round in the 60s, shooting a 3-under 69.

Although he didn't quite make the charge Mickelson did, Rory McIlroy also played his way back into contention. He shot a 7-under 65, dropping to 6-under for the tournament. He made the cut right on the line, but will have a chance to set a low number on Sunday if he can come close to duplicating the success he found on Saturday.

Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through 54 holes:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

Total

1

J.B. Holmes

-13

70

67

66

203

2

Martin Flores

-12

67

68

69

204

3

Phil Mickelson

-11

67

75

63

205

4

Kevin Kisner

-10

72

66

68

206

T5

Jason Bohn

-9

73

67

67

207

T5

Justin Rose

-9

69

67

71

207

7

Martin Kaymer

-8

69

69

70

208

T8

Michael Thompson

-7

71

69

69

209

T8

Jonathan Byrd

-7

68

71

70

209

T8

Geoff Ogilvy

-7

72

67

70

209

T11

Rory McIlroy

-6

69

76

65

210

T11

Pat Perez

-6

73

71

66

210

T11

Mark Wilson

-6

72

72

66

210

T11

Ernie Els

-6

76

67

67

210

T11

Brendon de Jonge

-6

80

62

68

210

T11

Kevin Na

-6

69

72

69

210

T11

Zach Johnson

-6

71

70

69

210

T11

Jim Furyk

-6

72

69

69

210

T11

Roberto Castro

-6

71

70

69

210

T11

Charles Howell III

-6

69

71

70

210

T11

Angel Cabrera

-6

66

69

75

210

T22

Gary Woodland

-5

71

72

68

211

T22

Wes Roach

-5

71

71

69

211

T22

John Merrick

-5

71

70

70

211

T22

Derek Ernst

-5

73

68

70

211

T22

Webb Simpson

-5

68

73

70

211

T22

Robert Streb

-5

71

69

71

211

T28

Ricky Barnes

-4

72

72

68

212

T28

Bud Cauley

-4

71

71

70

212

T28

Danny Lee

-4

71

71

70

212

T28

Vijay Singh

-4

69

72

71

212

T28

Kevin Streelman

-4

72

69

71

212

T28

Scott Langley

-4

70

71

71

212

T28

Chris Kirk

-4

71

70

71

212

T28

Martin Laird

-4

69

70

73

212

T28

Stewart Cink

-4

68

70

74

212

T28

Shawn Stefani

-4

69

68

75

212

T38

Andrew Svoboda

-3

72

72

69

213

T38

Ben Martin

-3

71

73

69

213

T38

Brendan Steele

-3

72

72

69

213

T38

Kevin Chappell

-3

73

70

70

213

T38

Mike Weir

-3

72

71

70

213

T38

Rory Sabbatini

-3

74

68

71

213

T38

Hideki Matsuyama

-3

69

72

72

213

T45

Scott Brown

-2

71

73

70

214

T45

Sang-Moon Bae

-2

72

71

71

214

T45

Daniel Summerhays

-2

70

72

72

214

T45

Michael Putnam

-2

73

69

72

214

T45

Retief Goosen

-2

70

70

74

214

T50

Bill Haas

-1

75

70

70

215

T50

David Hearn

-1

70

74

71

215

T52

Y.E. Yang

E

73

72

71

216

T52

Jim Herman

E

76

68

72

216

T52

Will Wilcox

E

71

72

73

216

T52

Jason Kokrak

E

75

68

73

216

T56

Hunter Mahan

1

72

73

72

217

T56

Davis Love III

1

75

68

74

217

T56

Ryan Moore

1

70

71

76

217

T59

Robert Allenby

2

73

72

73

218

T59

Johnson Wagner

2

75

70

73

218

T59

Carl Pettersson

2

73

71

74

218

T62

Rickie Fowler

3

74

71

74

219

T62

Heath Slocum

3

77

68

74

219

T62

Jim Renner

3

71

74

74

219

T62

Justin Hicks

3

74

71

74

219

T62

Ted Potter, Jr.

3

72

73

74

219

T67

Brian Davis

4

74

71

75

220

T67

Kyle Stanley

4

74

71

75

220

T67

Josh Teater

4

72

73

75

220

T67

Kevin Tway

4

73

72

75

220

T71

Bronson La'Cassie

5

71

73

77

221

T71

Cameron Tringale

5

74

68

79

221

73

Brian Harman

6

70

74

78

222

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