Golf talk turns to Kentucky Derby

May. 03, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

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.