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Phil Mickelson, playing for the first time since missing the
cut at The Masters in early April, fired a 67 to tie Martin Flores for second
at the conclusion of the first round.
Cabrera was at even par through four holes, then drilled six
birdies in an eight-hole span, including four straight from No. 9 to No. 12 en
route to his 6-under round.
Flores started his round a stroke over with a bogey on No.
1, then rattled off seven birdies between No. 2 and No. 15. He could have tied
Cabrera for the lead, but he bogeyed No. 17 to finish a stroke back.
Mickelson got off to the hottest start of all, posting six
birdies without a bogey in the first 12 holes.He faltered a bit on the back
nine, with bogeys on 13 and 17 sandwiched around a birdie on 15.
A trio of Americans - Jonathan Byrd, Stewart Cink and Webb
Simpson - are tied for fourth at 4-under.
A huge glut of players forms a nine-way tie for seventh
including notable names Vijay Singh, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
McIlroy got himself out of a big hole to get into the Top
10. The former No. 1 bogeyed No. 3 and 4, then birdied the next two holes to
hit the turn at even.
He turned things around on the back nine, finishing the
round with three birdies in the final four holes to finish at 3-under.
American Martin Flores fired a 4-under 68 to move into a tie
for first place with Angel Cabrera at the Wells Fargo Open on Friday. Both men
are at 9-under,.
Flores got off to an auspicious start, recording a
double-bogey 6 on the first hole, but got back to even with consecutive birdies
on 7 and 8.
He carried that momentum forward onto the back nine with a
birdie on No. 10 and an eagle on 11, adding a birdie on 15.
Cabrera shot a 3-under 69 to reach 9-under. After racking up
four birdies in a five-hole span in the front nine, Cabrera struggled with a
trio of birdies the rest of the way.
Creeping within one shot of the lead courtesy of a 5-under
67 was defending US Open champion Justin Rose. Rose had a bogey, four birdies
and an eagle for his outstanding Friday to get to 8-under for the tournament.
Americans Shawn Stefani and J.B. Holmes are tied for fourth.
Stefani was 4-under on the day, Holmes 5-under to rise from 16th.
Martin Kaymer, Kevin Kisner and Stewart Cink all sit at
6-under in a tie for fourth. Kisner, who shot an even-par 72 on Thursday, fired
a 6-under 66 Saturday to rise from 44th to the Top 10.
Phil Mickelson, a stroke off the lead after Day one,
struggled to a 3-over 75 and plummeted from second to a tie for 30th.
was lucky it wasn’t worse than that as he misfired to the tune of six bogeys,
managing three birdies to soften the blow some.
Meeting Mickelson in a tie for 30th was a man flying in the
opposite direction: South Africa’s Brendon de Jonge.
After bombing with an 8-over 80 on Thursday, de Jonge tied
the course record with a 10-under 62.
De Jonge racked up eight birdies and an
eagle 2 on No. 14 for the stellar performance.
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