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Webb, Streb co-lead Wells Fargo with Rory, Phil chasing at Quail Hollow

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship – Quail Hollow Golf Club – Charlotte, North Carolina –

Webb Simpson and Robert Streb co-lead through 36 holes at the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship.

Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion, fired a second-round 5-under-67 with seven birdies against a pair of bogeys to tie Streb at the top of the leader board at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Streb, who won the McGladrey back in October, opened the week as a 175-to-1 long shot betting pick at www.skybet.com. Now, he’s in the final pairing Saturday with Simpson, who ranks 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The pair tee at 1:40 p.m. local time.

Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers are T-3 at 8-under, while World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy are in the hunt at 7-under. Phil rallied to shoot 66 Friday to shoot up the leader board. Mickelson’s only trouble area was a three-hole stretch where he posted a double bogey and two bogeys during his opening round.

Of course, Rory is the heavy favorite heading into the weekend. He won the WGC-Cadillac Match Play two weeks ago and entered this week as a 3-1 pick. He captured this title in the past and logged a Top 10 last year.

Other Golf news:

  • At 10-under, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Sutherland are co-leaders at the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition in Alabama – the season’s first major. Michael Allen is three back and alone in third place, while defending champion Kenny Perry, Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer sit T-4 at 5-under.
  • Edouard Espana (7-under) leads the European Tour’s Open de Espana at the half-way point.  Sergio Garcia, the highest-ranked player in the field and betting favorite, is T-54 after rounds of 75-72.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, the defending champion at the Open de Espana, managed his second hole-in-one for the season during Friday’s second round. It marked his 9th career European Tour ace tying him for the most all-time with Colin Montgomerie.
  • Alison Lee (9-under after shooting 67 Friday) sits atop the leader board at the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship. She is one ahead of Minjee Lee, while a host of players in the Top 10 are within striking distance including Suzann Pettersen (6-under-65 in round two), Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford.