Phil, Rory heating up Quail Hollow on Moving Day at Wells Fargo Championship

Third Round Update – PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship – Quail Hollow Golf Club – Charlotte, North Carolina –

Overnight co-leaders Angel Cabrera and Martin Flores (9-under through 36 holes) tee off at 1:40 p.m. local time at the Wells Fargo Championship.

But, they may not be leading when they tee off.

World Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson is lighting up Quail Hollow Golf Club at the tune of 7-under through eight holes with just 10 putts. He is now 9-under overall and tied for the lead after a front-nine 29.

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, who does not have a Top 25 in five tries at Quail Hollow, is 8-under through 36 holes followed by J.B. Holmes at 7-under.

Mickelson isn’t the only headliner making a run Saturday at Quail Hollow.

Rory McIlroy, a 7-to-1 betting favorite to start the week at, fired a 7-under-65. He carded eight birdies against a lone bogey. The 2010 champion here moved to T-7 at the moment at 6-under overall and three back of the lead.

Cabrera, the two-time major champion, was a 125-1 pick, while Flores was listed at 150-1. Flores, 103rd on the PGA Tour Money List a season ago, is searching for his first tour victory. He has four Top 25s this season including a T-12 at The Honda Classic.

Look for a dramatic weekend to continue at Quail Hollow as the major champions rise to the top putting more pressure on players like Flores and Holmes.

Mickelson was a 14-1 betting selection before the tournament began.

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  • McIlroy, who made the weekend cut on the number, needed just 25 putts Saturday in round three. The World No. 11, who shot 76 Friday, is trying to re-enter the Top 10 after just slipping out after a three-year run.
  • Meena Lee and Carolina Masson (both 8-under) are co-leaders at the North Texas LPGA Shootout through 36 holes. Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis are both a shot back.
  • At 16-under through three rounds, Anders Hanson and Panuphol Pittayarat are tied at the top of the European Tour’s The Championship in Singapore.
  • Bernhard Langer, leading the Charles Schwab Cup Standings on the Champions Tour, is tied with Bart Bryant at 6-under for the lead at the Insperity Invitational. Defending champion Esteban Toledo is a shot back.