Wells Fargo Championship R3

Keith Mitchell takes 1-shot lead into the final round

Wells Fargo 2021 R3
May 06-09
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
$8,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Keith Mitchell found out last week that his putter was out of alignment after closing with an 82 and had it returned to the right specifications. He shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to reach 9-under 204 and take a 2-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.


Wells Fargo 2021 R3

“Some golf courses on the PGA Tour you can hit bad shots, get away with it and still try to make birdie,” said Mitchell. “You can’t do that here. I think that’s a true test of golf. I don’t think golf would be fun if every course was like this. I just feel more comfortable around a tougher course.”


Wells Fargo 2021 R3

“I just feel like everything’s really working. My driver feels great, and around this place you’ve really got to drive it well. Really just trying to keep the ball in front of me right now and see what we can do tomorrow.”

Surging up the leaderboard behind him in spite of a double bogey at the par-4 12th after hitting the cart path, Rory McIlroy shot a 68 to tie for second.


Wells Fargo 2021 R3

“Just so cool to play in an atmosphere like that again,” said McIlroy of the return of spectators. “I’ve missed it. I didn’t think I would miss it as much as I did, but I really have… I’m excited about tomorrow.” 


Wells Fargo 2021 R3

Tied alongside McIlroy at 7-under is second round co-leader Gary Woodland. He signed for a 70 after a mixed round comprising of four birdies and three bogeys.

“It’s a golf course that I am comfortable on,” he said, “and going into a final round tomorrow with a chance to win, I feel like I need everything I can get to try to get over the line. For me to be in contention for the first time in a while and for it to be here is probably beneficial.”


Wells Fargo 2021 R3

Bryson DeChambeau thought he’d missed the cut on Friday after a 3-over 74 placed him at 2-over total and boarded a private plane to head home to Texas. He received a message from his manager on his way south to let him know that due to the strong winds buffetting the course he had moved up to 68th place and made it to the weekend.

“Sure enough, conditions kept getting worse,” said DeChambeau, “and by the time I landed I was in 64th or 63rd or whatever. I looked at Connor (Olson, his manager): ‘Well, whoops, that was a mistake.’”

He made it back to Charlotte just in time for the third round. He shot five birdies and a double bogey at the par-4 18th for a 68 and is T23 at 1-under, 212.


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Wells Fargo 2021 R3

“Very tired, yeah,” he said. “This morning was not easy. But, you know, for whatever reason I just feel like the more weird things happen to me, the greater my resolve sometimes can be and today was a case of that.”

First round leader Phil Mickelson double-bogeyed at the 9th and 17th and closed with a 76. He is 9-over for the last 36-holes and slipped down the leaderboard into a tie for 55th.

Wells Fargo 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Keith Mitchell
-9
67
71
66
204
T2
Rory McIlroy
-7
72
66
68
206
T2
Gary Woodland
-7
67
69
70
206
4
Luke List
-6
67
72
68
207
T5
Satoshi Kodaira
-5
68
72
68
208
T5
Scott Stallings
-5
69
69
70
208
T7
Abraham Ancer
-4
69
70
70
209
T7
Jason Dufner
-4
71
71
67
209
T7
Viktor Hovland
-4
69
72
68
209
T7
Patrick Reed
-4
71
69
69
209
T7
Kyle Stanley
-4
67
74
68
209
T7
Matt Wallace
-4
69
67
73
209
T13
Cameron Davis
-3
70
71
69
210
T13
Bubba Watson
-3
70
69
71
210
T13
Richy Werenski
-3
70
73
67
210
T16
Joel Dahmen
-2
68
72
71
211
T16
Russell Knox
-2
70
71
70
211
T16
Carlos Ortiz
-2
70
68
73
211
T16
Scott Piercy
-2
70
68
73
211
T16
Xander Schauffele
-2
72
71
68
211
T16
Vincent Whaley
-2
72
68
71
211
T16
Aaron Wise
-2
72
71
68
211
T23
Keegan Bradley
-1
66
75
71
212
T23
Bryson DeChambeau
-1
70
74
68
212
T23
Harris English
-1
72
69
71
212
T23
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
67
75
70
212
T23
Talor Gooch
-1
70
71
71
212
T23
Lanto Griffin
-1
75
68
69
212
T23
Emiliano Grillo
-1
74
66
72
212
T23
Brandon Hagy
-1
73
69
70
212
T23
Patton Kizzire
-1
69
72
71
212
T23
Hunter Mahan
-1
68
75
69
212
T23
Ben Martin
-1
69
71
72
212
T23
Joaquin Niemann
-1
71
71
70
212
T23
Charl Schwartzel
-1
71
71
70
212
T23
Roger Sloan
-1
76
64
72
212
T23
Kevin Streelman
-1
69
72
71
212
T38
Brian Harman
E
68
72
73
213
T38
Kramer Hickok
E
68
69
76
213
T38
Matt Jones
E
69
71
73
213
T38
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
E
66
77
70
213
T38
Peter Malnati
E
67
74
72
213
T38
Pat Perez
E
69
72
72
213
T38
J.T. Poston
E
72
70
71
213
T38
J.J. Spaun
E
69
75
69
213
T38
Sepp Straka
E
69
74
70
213
T38
Justin Thomas
E
69
73
71
213
T38
Johnson Wagner
E
73
68
72
213
T49
Jonas Blixt
1
71
73
70
214
T49
Corey Conners
1
69
72
73
214
T49
Ryan Moore
1
69
72
73
214
T49
Brendan Steele
1
72
72
70
214
T49
Jhonattan Vegas
1
70
71
73
214
T54
Stewart Cink
2
71
69
75
215
T54
Phil Mickelson
2
64
75
76
215
T54
Sean O’Hair
2
70
73
72
215
T54
Cheng Tsung Pan
2
74
69
72
215
T54
Patrick Rodgers
2
68
68
79
215
T54
Nick Taylor
2
74
67
74
215
T60
Wyndham Clark
3
71
72
73
216
T60
Zach Johnson
3
69
75
72
216
T60
Andrew Putnam
3
70
72
74
216
T63
K.J. Choi
4
70
74
73
217
T63
Michael Gligic
4
77
67
73
217
T63
Matthew NeSmith
4
75
68
74
217
T63
Brian Stuard
4
68
73
76
217
T63
Bo Van Pelt
4
72
72
73
217
T68
Russell Henley
5
74
70
74
218
T68
Ted Potter, Jr.
5
71
71
76
218
T68
Seamus Power
5
71
72
75
218
T71
Beau Hossler
6
73
71
75
219
T71
Shane Lowry
6
71
73
75
219
T73
Hank Lebioda
7
72
71
77
220
T73
Kevin Tway
7
73
71
76
220
T73
Jimmy Walker
7
72
72
76
220
T73
Tim Wilkinson
7
74
68
78
220
77
D.J. Trahan
8
74
70
77
221
CUT
Byeong Hun An
3
76
69
145
CUT
Ryan Armour
3
71
74
145
CUT
Akshay Bhatia
3
73
72
145
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
3
70
75
145
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
3
72
73
145
CUT
Jason Day
3
72
73
145
CUT
Luke Donald
3
72
73
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
3
74
71
145
CUT
Harry Higgs
3
74
71
145
CUT
Nate Lashley
3
69
76
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
3
70
75
145
CUT
Troy Merritt
3
70
75
145
CUT
Robert Streb
3
71
74
145
CUT
Cameron Tringale
3
72
73
145
CUT
Harold Varner III
3
72
73
145
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
3
71
74
145
CUT
Tony Finau
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brice Garnett
4
76
70
146
CUT
Adam Hadwin
4
74
72
146
CUT
James Hahn
4
72
74
146
CUT
Bo Hoag
4
71
75
146
CUT
Tom Hoge
4
70
76
146
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
4
74
72
146
CUT
Tom Lewis
4
75
71
146
CUT
Maverick McNealy
4
72
74
146
CUT
Francesco Molinari
4
72
74
146
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
4
72
74
146
CUT
Ian Poulter
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jon Rahm
4
76
70
146
CUT
Doc Redman
4
72
74
146
CUT
Adam Schenk
4
74
72
146
CUT
Chase Seiffert
4
71
75
146
CUT
Michael Thompson
4
72
74
146
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
4
74
72
146
CUT
Will Zalatoris
4
71
75
146
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
4
73
73
146
CUT
Scott Brown
5
71
76
147
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
5
74
73
147
CUT
Rickie Fowler
5
70
77
147
CUT
William Gordon
5
74
73
147
CUT
John Huh
5
74
73
147
CUT
Robby Shelton
5
74
73
147
CUT
Martin Trainer
5
74
73
147
CUT
Rafael Campos
6
69
79
148
CUT
Bill Haas
6
76
72
148
CUT
Lucas Herbert
6
76
72
148
CUT
Cameron Percy
6
72
76
148
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
7
79
70
149
CUT
Chesson Hadley
7
72
77
149
CUT
David Hearn
7
71
78
149
CUT
Tyler McCumber
7
74
75
149
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
7
72
77
149
CUT
Ryan Brehm
8
76
74
150
CUT
Sebastian Cappelen
8
74
76
150
CUT
Patrick Cover
8
75
75
150
CUT
Mark Hubbard
8
70
80
150
CUT
Sungjae Im
8
68
82
150
CUT
Grayson Murray
8
73
77
150
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
8
73
77
150
CUT
Chez Reavie
8
71
79
150
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
8
72
78
150
CUT
Austin Cook
9
78
73
151
CUT
J.B. Holmes
9
78
73
151
CUT
Scott Harrington
10
75
77
152
CUT
Kelly Kraft
10
73
79
152
CUT
Denny McCarthy
10
77
75
152
CUT
Sam Ryder
10
74
78
152
CUT
Max Homa
11
77
76
153
CUT
Keenan Huskey
11
77
76
153
CUT
Adam Long
11
77
76
153
CUT
D.A. Points
11
77
76
153
CUT
Tyler Duncan
12
72
82
154
CUT
Sung Kang
12
75
79
154
CUT
Michael Kim
12
73
81
154
CUT
Justin Suh
13
71
84
155
CUT
Henrik Norlander
14
80
76
156
CUT
Cory Schneider
19
81
80
161
WD
Seung-Yul Noh
E
WD
Danny Lee
E
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