Malnati leads at Quail Hollow; Tiger, McIlroy nine behind


"I'm on a hot streak right now. I just think it stands alone in terms of the four majors and that's all I was trying to say". "I putted so terribly so much that I changed putters".

A series of bad decisions and poor shots saw Day drop from four behind then leader Kevin Kisner to eight back ahead of the final round on his way to an eventual T9 finish. At least he was still playing on the weekend at Quail Hollow, where he had missed the cut his previous two trips.

"I certainly was frustrated, there's no doubt about that", said Woods.

Tiger Woods labored to a 2-over 144 score through the first two rounds of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.

McIlroy, the only two-time victor at the Wells Fargo Championship, celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday by matching his worst score at Quail Hollow with a 76, including three bogeys over the last five holes.

It wasn't the horror show of 2011, when McIlroy took a four-shot lead into the final round and carded an 80.But he was unable to apply any real pressure to eventual victor Patrick Reed. "When you walk on the greens as I'm feeling on my feet, the greens are firm, but they're just not rolling out", he said.

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Simply put, Rory McIlroy loves the course, and he jets over to the tournament with hopes of bagging his third success, following wins in 2010 and 2015. I felt I got luck on Saturday; that 65 was as good as I could have played. I never want to get in the way of his putting or whatever he's doing, but we always try and help each other out.

"I remember a lot of my putts I've hit from years ago, sometimes even over a decade ago", he said.

"Honestly, the biggest thing that's different for me this week from the last couple of years is I'm just more relaxed", Malnati said.

He was at his best over the last three holes Friday. Longer rough and faster greens at the PGA Championship caused guys like Phil, Rose, and Bubba to miss the cut. So when they change greens - I putt a lot on memory. He still managed a birdie on the par-5 first hole and turned in 32.

Beginning on the back nine, Malnati cancelled out a bogey on the 10th with birdies on 15 and 18, with another three birdies added on the front nine. Jason Day is the best-placed of the big names, the Australian shooting a four-under 67 to be tied for second with Aaron Wise (68). Unsurprisingly Woods is a former victor of the event, back in 2007, and is available at 25/1 to become only the tournament's second multiple champion. He holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 10th. I would take one of those tournaments right now if you gave them to me. Woodland fits the mold of the type of player we are looking for as he ranks 13th in SG: Off-The-Tee, first in Ball Striking, and sixth in Driving Distance.

McIlroy said it took him about a week to start getting over it. "We had barely any wind, and I feel like the course drained really well".