Mickelson pulls ahead at Wells Fargo


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson has figured out the secret to the greens at Quail Hollow. Or maybe he’s just had a lot of good bounces for two days.

Mickelson opened with a pair of 15-foot birdie putts, dropped in a 40-foot putt at the turn and made back-to-back birdies late in his round Friday. He finished with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Teen Jutanugarn holds on to Kingsmill lead

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn followed her opening 7-under 64 with an even-par 71 in windy conditions to hold onto the lead in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

The 17-year-old Jutanugarn bounced back from three early bogeys with three birdies to finish at 7 under, a shot ahead of Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford on the windswept River Course.

Lewis and Stanford both had their second consecutive 68s, the best rounds of the day. They played in the morning and experienced wind gusts that reached 22 mph.

Goode fires 69

at windy Insperity

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Mike Goodes shot a 3-under 69 in wind that gusted to 30 mph to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship.

Only seven players in the 81-man field broke par on an unseasonably cold and blustery day. A gust blew down one scoreboard at The Woodlands Country Club.

Gene Sauers had the lead at 4 under par going into the par 4 17th, but hit a 9-iron into the water for a double bogey and finished at 70.

Ilonen ties course

mark at China Open

TIANJIN, China — The youngest player to compete on the European Tour missed the cut in the China Open, while Finland’s Mikko Ilonen tied the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead.

Els five strokes back

at Indonesian Masters

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the Indonesian Masters at 10 under.