WILMINGTON, N.C. — Francesco Molinari returned to somewhat calmer breeze and didn’t skip a shot until his final hole Saturday morning, finishing off an even-par 72 for a one-shot lead after 36 holes of a Wells Fargo Championship.
A three-hour sleet check kept a second turn from finishing until Saturday morning during Eagle Point.
Dustin Johnson went a other direction. Instead of creation adult ground, he done a cut with no shots to spare.
In his initial contest given a trip down a stairs knocked Johnson out of a Masters, a world’s No. 1 actor done a 20-foot birdie on a 15th hole, usually to strike a expostulate into a hunger trees for spook on No. 16, and a crowd into a fort for another spook on a 17th. He wound adult with a 75, finale his strain of 13 uninterrupted rounds during standard or better.
All was not lost.
Molinari, who forsaken a shot on his shutting hole by blank a 5-foot putt, was during 6-under 138. The cut was during 1-over 145, withdrawal an unusually tiny opening between a lead and creation a cut. The opening typically is about 10 shots during many PGA Tour events, so all 79 players who done a cut were still unequivocally most in a game.
Because some-more than 78 players done a cut, a 54-hole cut to a tip 70 and ties loomed in a afternoon. Saturday also figured to a prolonged proceed toward saying if anyone could get some subdivision during Eagle Point Golf Club, that is being used since Quail Hollow Club is scheming to horde a PGA Championship in August.
Molinari strike a span of wedges to brief operation on a par-5 sixth and No. 8 to strech 7 under. His proceed into a breeze on No. 9 was off to a right, and his representation came adult brief heading to bogey.
The heading 12 players going into a third turn were distant by only dual shots. Phil Mickelson, who done a double spook on his final hole Friday, was 5 shots behind.
“The leaderboard is unequivocally bunched up,” Molinari said. “I need to play as if we was two, 3 shots behind and gripping attack good shots.”