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Can Nick Watney extend his lead Saturday at Quail Hollow?

Lecka/Getty Images Can Nick Watney extend his lead Saturday at Quail Hollow?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  The third round of the Wells Fargo Championship is under way at Quail Hollow Golf Club. Check back frequently for updates and let us know what you think about the competition in the  comments section below.

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6:04 p.m. – Webb Simpson’s two-putt par at the 18th hole preserved his one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship.  His houseguest, Nick Watney, drove into the creek that runs down the left side of the fairway and made bogey so he trails by two. Ryan Moore and D.A. Points share second at 13 under while Watney and Rory McIlroy are another stroke behind.

5:57 p.m. — A double bogey at the 18th hole has ddropped Stewart Cink back to 11 under. He hit his drive into the right rough, his second short of the green and his third to 15 feet, where he proceeded to three-putt, missing a 4-footer for the bogey.

5:52 p.m. — Webb Simpson has broken out of the pack with a  14-footer for birdie at the 17th hole. He and his houseguest Nick Watney, one of four players trailing by one, have one hole left.

5:45 p.m. — Ryan Moore and D.A. Points are the clubhouse leaders, posting 68 and 69, respectively in consecutive groups.

5:30 p.m. — And now we have five. Stewart Cink  has just made a 13-footer for birdie at the 16th hole to tie for the lead.

5:28 p.m. –The 67 wasn’t flawless but it put Rickie Fowler where he wanted to be — contending for his first PGA TOUR title. ” I had a few mistakes, but other than that, did what we needed to do today, move in the right direction. I’ve had a few Saturdays where I’ve moved the wrong way, and it’s nice to get myself into position where we can go into tomorrow and have some fun.”

5:20 p.m. — The two players in the final group matched birdies at the 15th hole — Nick Watney two-putting from 57 feet and Webb Simpson draining an 8-footer — to grab a share of the lead again. Also at 13 under are Ryan Moore and D.A. Points, who are playing the 18th hole.

5:11 p.m. – A 5-footer for birdie at the 17th hole has drawn Ryan Moore even with D.A. Points. Neither of the leaders have made a bogey on Saturday — Moore with four and Points with two.

5:04 p.m. — John Senden has yet to make a par on the back nine. He birdied No. 10 to tie for the lead, then made three straight bogeys to fall back into the pack. He got two of those back, though, with an 18-footer at the 14th hole and a two-putt from 39 feet at No. 15 so he’s one shot off the lead.

5:01 p.m. – After an early bogey, Stewart Cink has quietly climbed back into the picture, making an 8-footer at the short par-4 14th to move into the logjam at 12 under. His last top-10 on TOUR came at Quail Hollow a year ago when he tied for ninth.

4:50 p.m. – Rickie Fowler is hanging tough in pursuit of  his first PGA TOUR victory. He finished one group ahead of Rory McIlroy and shot 67, which leaves him 11 under and two off the lead right now.

4:45 p.m. – Rory McIlroy flew the bunker and hit a fan on the right side of the fairway at the 18th hole. After he hit his second shot to 13 feet, McIlroy took out a glove and autographed it for the fan, adding “sorry” at the top. He missed the birdie putt but is the leader in the clubhouse at 12 under after a 66.

4:38 p.m. — In case you were wondering, the largest come-from-behind victory at Quail Hollow is six shots in 2005 when Vijay Singh overtook Sergio Garcia with a 66 on Sunday.  Right now there are 25 players within six shots of D.A. Points’ lead.

4:24 p.m. — D.A. Points is holding steady at the top of the leaderboard at 13 under with pars on his last six holes. Nick Watney is back where he started, too, after making a 4-footer at the par-5 11th hole while his host for the week, Webb Simpson is tied with Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore.

4:03 p.m. — Rory McIlroy and John Senden have swapped places on the leaderboard. McIlroy chipped to 4 feet at the par-5 15th for birdie to go 13 under while the Aussie found the fairway bunker  at No. 11, then missed the green and 12-footer to save par. McIlroy, who turned 23 on Friday, needs to finish tied for seventh with one other or better to go back to No. 1 in the world.

3:49 p.m. — The top 10 players on the leaderboard are all within three shots of the lead held jointly by D.A. Points and John Senden. Five of them are one shot back at 12 under and all are in double figures.

3:29 p.m. — Charlotte’s Webb Simpson has joined D.A. Points in the lead at 13 under with a two-putt birdie from 16 feet at the par-5 seventhy. He had a chance to take the lead outright on the next hole but missed the 9-footer.

3:08 p.m. — The young guns are rising. Rory McIlory, who  made the Wells Fargo Championship his first PGA TOUR, and Rickie Fowler, who is still looking for his breakthrough victory, are tied at 12 under with Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson and John Senden, one behind D.A. Points. Both are 6 under  with Fowler through 12 holes and McIlroy through 11.

2:53 p.m. — Make that five players tied atop the leaderboard. Ryan Moore birdied the par-5 seventh to reach 12 under and tie D.A. Points, John Senden, Nick Watney and Webb Simpson for the lead. Elsewhere, Geoff Ogilvy finished par-par-bogey but still managed a 7-under 65 to reach the clubhouse at 10 under.

2:37 p.m. — Nick Watney just missed a 5-footer to save par at the fourth hole. So we now have a four-way tie at the top with him, Webb Simpson, John Senden and D.A. Points, who drained a 31-footer for birdie at the par-3 sixth.

2:24 p.m. — Rickie Fowler got stuck in neutral in the second round with an even par 72 but he’s put the pedal down on Saturday. He’s just made the the turn in a bogey-free 32 and has moved into double figures at 10 under, three behind Nick Watney.

2:08 p.m. – Geoff Ogilvy is making birdies in bunches Saturday. He’s just gone back-to-back for the third time in the third round, making a 4-footer at the 14th hole and two-putting from 10 feet at the 15th for the second birdie. He’s 8 under for the day and 11 under for the tournament.

1:59 p.m. – Everyone is on the golf course now. Nick Watney made a 7-footer for birdie at the first hole to move to 13 under while Webb Simpson hit his approach over the green and got up and down for par.

1:31 p.m. – Ryan Moore, who started the round three strokes off the lead, has moved within a shot of Nick Watney with birdies on his first two holes. Watney and his host this week, Webb Simpson, tee off in nine minutes.

1:14 p.m. – Geoff Ogilvy keeps climbing the leaderboard. He just birdied the 12th hole – his sixth of the day – and has climbed to 9 under for the tournament.

12:52 p.m. – Rory McIlroy has made two very different birdies on his first two holes — canning a 9-footer at the first hole and a 40-footer at the par-3 second. He’s moved to 8 under and four off the lead with the leaders due to tee off in less than an hour.

12:38 p.m. – It’s a big weekend for Patrick Reed, the former Augusta State standout. The Monday qualifier has worked his way to 7 under with three birdies in his first seven holes. He’s tied for 10th right now – if he stays 10th or better on Sunday, he gets a spot in the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

12:15 p.m. – Jonas Blixt, the Swede who went to Florida State, holed a chip from 37 feet at the par-5 fifth hole and just made his third birdie of the day at No. 11 to move to 7 under for the tournament. He came to Charlotte on the heels of his best finish of the year, a tie for 13th in New Orleans.

11:54 a.m. – Geoff Ogilvy, who played the first two rounds with Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson, has birdied three of his first six holes to move to 6 under for the tournament.

11:37 a.m. – Phil Mickelson missed the 18th green and later failed to convert a 9-footer for par so he finished with a 68 and is 5 under through 54 holes. He birdied his first hole, then reeled off eight pars before heating up on the back nine with five birdies, two bogeys and two pars.

11:30 a.m. – When he finished off a 72 on Friday evening to make the cut on the number, Phil Mickelson said players could come out early and go low early Saturday. That’s exactly what he did, too, getting hot on the back nine – making four straight birdies – to move to 6 under for the tournament through 17 holes.


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