Robert Streb recorded seven birdies, including one on the brutal Quail Hollow 17th hole, to take a 1-stroke lead after 18 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.
Streb is in pursuit of his second title of the season, having previously won at The MGladrey Classic back in October, the second event of the current campaign. Prior to Thursday, he’s struggled mightily of late, missing the cut of five of the last nine events, and only finishing as high as 30th once, that last week at The Players Championship.
He did not have a single bogey on the round, and was 1-under on the Green Mile, a full 2 strokes above the three-hole stretch’s average last year.
He has a 1-stroke lead over Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell, who each fired a 66. Reed had the lead until the Green Mile, where he bogeyed No. 17. Chappell started the day with a bogey, but got it back and more an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 7.
Six players are tied for fourth at 5-under, including Webb Simpson.
The biggest names in the field were nowhere near the top of the leaderboard after one day. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is tied for 30th after shooting a 2-under 70. McIlroy suffered a double bogey on No. 17 that knocked him down 20 spots on the leaderboard.
Phil Mickelson is tied for 4th with a 1-under 71 that featured terrible book ends. Mickelson was 2-over through two holes, 5-under between No. 3 and No. 17, then double bogeyed No. 18 to lose all his momentum.
Former No. 1 Adam Scott is also at 1-under, while recent winner Jim Furyk shot an even-par 72, as did world No. 3 Henrik Stenson.