Wednesday, May 27, 2015Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Golf: Mickelson charges into hunt but Holmes takes lead

Published on May 4, 2014 6:03 AM
Phil Mickelson hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHARLOTTE (AFP) - Reigning British Open champion Phil Mickelson charged into contention but it was J.B. Holmes who grabbed the lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Wells Fargo Championship.

World number nine Mickelson, a five-time major champion, fired a nine-under par 63, one shot off the course record at Quail Hollow, to stand third on 11-under 205 after 54 holes.

“This was a really good day from start to finish,” Mickelson said. “I drove the ball well, my irons were solid, my short game was on and I made a lot of putts.” Mickelson’s front-nine 29 was the lowest start in tournament history.

Holmes sank a 21-foot chip shot at the 18th hole to cap a round of 66 and take the lead on 203 with Martin Flores, seeking his first PGA title, taking a bogey at 18 to stand second on 204.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!