Saturday, May 04, 2013

Wells Fargo Championship: Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney tied after Day 3

There’s a two-way tie at the top of the leader board at the Wells Fargo Championship after the third round.

Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are tied at 8-under-par with George McNeill sitting alone in third place at 7 under.

Both Mickelson and Watney suffered double bogeys within the final four holes. Mickelson finished with a 7 at the par-5 15th while Watney shanked his tee shot at the par-3 17th and two-putted to drop two strokes.

Watney, playing in the next-to-last group with McNeill, carded a 71 on Saturday while Mickelson gave a stroke back after leading by two strokes entering the day.

Mickelson was 1 under on the day after the front nine but carded just two birdies on the back nine. He hit a fan with a shot on the par-4 16th and finished with a bogey.

McNeill’s par putt couldn’t find the hole on 18 and he finished with a bogey and a round of 72.

The low score of the day went to John Senden. He carded a 5-under-par 67 and is tied for fourth with six other players at 6 under.

Watney, Mickelson and McNeill will tee off at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The tee times were bumped up and pairings made into trios in hopes of beating the bad weather forecast for Sunday afternoon.

- Jonathan Jones