Angel Cabrera leads at the conclusion of the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
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Angel rolled back the years and came out to shoot -6 under par 66, in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. He said that he enjoyed a very good round;
“I had a really good first round. I played very well on the greens, and I saved myself on the holes that I didn’t play so well.”
Phil Mickleson is tied in second place with Martin Flores, both on -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67.
Jonathan Byrd, Webb Simpson and Stewart Cink are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.
On a tightly compacted leaderboard Rory McIlroy is not far behind in a group of players at -3 under par. Rory surprisingly stated that he is not relying on his putter;
“I holed some nice putts today, which was good to see. At least it tells me the stuff I’m working on is going in the right direction. I’ve always been the type of player that I’ve never had to rely on my putting too much. Obviously, you putt well, you’re going to do well and contend in tournaments.”
“But, I feel like I’ve always been a different sort of player, where even if sometimes I don’t putt so well, I’ll still be able to get it under par, because I can hit the greens on the par fives and two-putt those and hit a couple of iron shots close. I never felt like I needed to rely on my putting so much.”
With Rory on that -3 under par are: Shawn Stefani, Vijay Singh, Kevin Na, Charles Howell 111, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Martin Laird and Martin Kaymer.
Martin Kaymer became just the third player this season to record back-to-back eagles on the PGA Tour. He holed a 66-yard pitch for an Eagle at the par-4 eighth hole, a shot that became even more impressive considering the fact that it followed an Eagle at the par five, seventh hole.