Golf talk turns to Kentucky Derby
With the Kentucky Derby on the docket today at Churchill Downs, the subject of horse racing came up in connection with Wells Fargo leader Phil Mickelson.
“My brother and I are fractional owners in a horse,” Mickelson said.
Mickelson’s knowledge about the endeavor pretty much ended there.
“I can’t tell you what the name of it is,” Mickelson said.
Former No. 1 in the world and former Quail Hollow winner Rory McIlroy had a so-so round of 71 and is tied for fifth at 6-under 138. McIlroy played the back nine first and was 2-over at the turn, then played the front side in 3-under.
“I played pretty well on the back nine, I gave myself chances, I just didn’t take advantage of them,” McIlroy said. “I misjudged my first putt on 10 (which he bogeyed). I had a 15-footer and hit it 10-feet past the hole. That was a wake-up call. Apart from that, I played well.”
Among the Charlotte area golfers, Jason Kokrak leads the way a 6-under — six shots better than Quail Hollow member and reigning U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson.
But, Kokrak shot just a 2-under 70 after going 4-under on Thursday. “I didn’t have my A-game today,” Kokrak said. “I hit it really well yesterday but today I wasn’t as sharp.”
Lucas Glover, who is tied for 10th at 5-under, is playing while his wife is approaching the due date for having a baby. Glover said he will leave if he gets the word that she has gone into labor. ... The cut came at 2-under. Most notable not to make it was 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson.
Also failing to advance to the weekend were former Wake Forest player Bill Haas and Winston-Salem’s David Mathis. Hass finished in style as he chipped in across a creek for birdie on the 18th hole.