07 May, 2018
Tiger Woods, who has struggled with his putting this week, delivered six birdies for a three-under 68 to go one-under 212, nine strokes off the lead.
Justin Thomas will be playing this weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship, thanks in part to a little help from his good buddy Rickie Fowler.
Phil Mickelson followed the lead of Uihlein two groups ahead of him to shoot a bogey-free 64 by going 5 under on the back nine to sit five shots back of Day in the lead. Either way, the characters are in place for a compelling Sunday even if Woods (nine back) is too far behind to win.
Woods' first nine holes Saturday were unspectacular, but sufficient.
Second-round leader Peter Malnati birdied the first hole, but had double bogeys on No. 7 and No. 12 on his way to a 75.
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And as well as those star players performed, they couldn't match Peter Uihlein, who shot 62 after a six-hole stretch that included five birdies and an eagle.
Among the early starters, McIlroy wasted little time reacquainting himself with the venue, as he struck a birdie on the par four second hole when he pitched to within 10 feet from 138 yards and stroked home with the minimum of fuss.
After falling to 1 over in his round after a bogey on the fifth hole, Day's approach into the ninth green came within two feet from landing for an eagle.
Hours earlier, Woods stood over an 18-foot putt on No. 9, his final hole of another ordinary round that up until then featured no birdies.
"I feel like it's on the end of my tips, it's right on the end of the tip", Day said, rubbing his fingers.
"Even my backup felt so bad in my hands, I just had to do something else", Thomas said.
He loves golf. He also is a father - his son was born in October - and he would be just as happy in real estate development with a few friends in Fort Worth, Texas, than chasing around birdies and bogeys from one coast to the other.
"It was just the quiet moments when you're staring off into the distance and thinking about a certain shot or a certain putt, so it got to the point where I needed to see a bit of daylight and start to do my normal things", he said. "I putted so terribly so much that I changed putters".