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Wagner loves the comforts of home course


It could get interesting in the final round due to the possibility of rain and thunderstorms. There's a 40 percent chance of rain with temperatures reaching the low 80s. There's also the chance of gusty winds and small hail around storms.


COMFY AT HOME: Quail Hollow member Johnson Wagner had his best day of the tournament Saturday, shooting a 4-under par 68 that could have been a little better. Wagner made four birdies in a seven-hole stretch midway through his round and were it not for a bad break on the 17th hole that led to a bogey, he could have made a bigger move.

"It was nice to let go of the steering wheel a little bit," said Wagner, who is at 4-under par through 54 holes.

Wagner loves playing at his home course but it doesn't come without its challenges.

"It's great to get to play in front of so many of my friends but there is a little added pressure," Wagner said. "I'm getting used to it, though. It's a nice pressure to have. I don't know that I'd want every week to be like this one, dealing with tickets and everything but this one is so much fun."

TWITTER SCAVENGER HUNT: Stewart Cink, who's among the leaders, used his Twitter account in a unique way Friday night. He had two clubhouse tickets to the tournament that were going unused, so he conducted a Twitter scavenger hunt. Cink left the tickets atop an ATM at a bank in Ballantyne and tweeted the address as a hint to where they were.

Cink had to wait for a response - the winner sent him a picture of the tickets - and he said that he would have more scavenger hunts in the future. The next time, he said, he'd leave the tickets near his hotel so he could peek out his window and watch the hopefuls look for the prize.

FRIENDS WITH A GIANT: Pat Perez counts baseball players Pat Burrell, Cody Ross and eccentric, bearded relief pitcher Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants as his friends. Wilson sometimes plays with the three of them at a club in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz.

"Wilson plays with us - for free," said Perez. "He's definitely a little out there. He's an unbelieveable guy, he's definitely nuts. You never know what you're going to get with the guy, I'm telling you."

Wilson caddied for Perez at a practice round at Phoenix earlier this year. Wilson wore an orange jump suit for the occasion.

"(I thought) we're going to get thrown out of here," said Perez.

FINDING HIS FORM: Having gone a year without a top-10 finish, Andres Romero has suddenly reignited his golf game.

Romero hadn't finished in the top 50 in a tour event this year until he tied for eighth last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, closing with rounds of 67-68. The good vibes have continued at Quail Hollow where he posted his second consecutive 67 Saturday to finish at 11-under par and in the championship chase today.

"After struggling with my swing, I think I found a few things," the Argentine said through an interpreter.

Romero played a four-hole back-nine stretch 4-under par, highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 15th. Romero hit a 252-yard second shot to within 10 feet of the hole to eagle the hole for the second straight day.

REMEMBERING SEVE: There will be a moment of silence on the course at 3:08 p.m. today to honor Severiano Ballesteros, who died Saturday. The Nationwide Tour event in Athens, Ga., and the Champions Tour event in Birmingham, Ala., will also have a moment of silence at the same time.

"It's a sad day," said Sergio Garcia. "He was special. We're all feeling for Seve's family."


It's been an interesting weather week at Quail Hollow with a thunderstorm delay Friday and a 90-minute fog delay Saturday morning. Players were at the course but the fog took its sweet time burning off, forcing a late end to the third round. Makes you wonder what may happen today given the chance of potentially strong storms.

If Phil Mickelson doesn't win the Wells Fargo Championship - and he needs a really good final round to have a chance - it will be penalty strokes that cost him.

When Mickelson hit his tee shot into the water on the 15th hole Saturday, it was his fourth water ball in the tournament. He wasn't finished. He rinsed No. 5 at the 17th hole.

Nice moment on the 15th green, just minutes after Steven Bowditch's approach hit a spectator. After Bowditch chipped onto the green, he gave the fan his glove.

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