Putting woes leave Woods six behind first-round leader Peterson

Putting woes leave Woods six behind first-round leader Peterson

Putting woes leave Woods six behind first-round leader Peterson

"Some of my good drives ended up just off the fairway or landed in the fairway, so I wasn't disappointed with that".

Tiger Woods had a three-hole stretch with consecutive birdies on the back nine on Saturday, including just missing an eagle putt.

Thanks to Jason Day and a kinder, gentler course setup, the storyline for the Wells Fargo Championship jolted forward Saturday, suggesting that the best has been saved for the last day.

Phil Mickelson shot 64.

Day struggled to get going but four birdies in six holes on the back nine saw him break free of the pack.

"If I can hit a lot more greens and get the proximity closer, I feel like I could, not run away from it, but do pretty well if I can make the putts". By the time overnight leader Peter Malnati teed off he was already sharing the top spot with Uihlein.

Three birdies on the front nine were mitigated by two bogeys, but the Big Cat came alive on the back nine, with three birdies in a row from the 13th.

Day won at Torrey Pines in a playoff earlier this year, the first step on the road back for the former No. 1 player in the world. I knew good things would come. Hopefully, this weekend I'll hit it the way I've been hitting it and get a hot putter on the weekend.

Malnati leads at 7 under par, while Jason Day (69-67) and rookie Aaron Wise (68-68) are one shot back.

Rickie Fowler (72-69) is 1-under par and he said the greens are so firm that it is hard to get close to the hole.

A bogey at the last, where Woods three-putted, tempered the improved play.

'I was just trying to say, from where those two tournaments stood, maybe 50 years ago, the Masters (first played in 1934) wasn't quite at that point.

The round started on not the best of notes, as he made a bogey on the 2nd after his approach shot finished well left of the green. Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (CBS Sports).

Birthday boy Rory McIlroy also slipped nine strokes off the pace after he shot 76, his worst score in relation to par in 32 rounds at Quail Hollow, where he has won twice.

Last August, Day was in contention late in the third round at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, until a quadruple bogey at the 18th hole all but ended his chances.

"Boy, I would have taken that score this morning", McIlroy said. I would take one of those tournaments right now if you gave them to me. At the perilous No. 17, flanked by water on the left side, he was even closer: an inch more, and Woods would have sat at 3 under overall.

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