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Big Names Lurking at Quail Hollow

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With the Kentucky Derby being run Saturday, it’s all about the odds.

Nyquist is the favorite and from there, take your pick depending on how long or short you like your odds.

It’s not quite that simple in golf, though there are odds listed every week if you know where to find them.

The point is no one would have had Andrew Loupe, Roberto Castro, Chesson Hadley, Mark Hubbard and Steve Wheatcroft atop the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 36 holes.

That’s golf, though.

Things will change plenty this weekend at Quail Hollow Club where the temperature is expected to move back into the 80s and out of the breezy, chilly 60s and there are enough stars stacked up behind the leaders to change the names on the marquee.

Phil Mickelson is three off the lead, close enough to seriously think about winning for the first time in 13 tries at Quail Hollow. Rickie Fowler is also three back, Justin Rose is four back while Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy are near enough to be threats.

McIlroy was just four off the lead until he had a sloppy finish, leaving him six behind with 36 to play.

“I was nine back in 2010 when I won and last year I was 14-under on the weekend,” he said. “I need to do something similar this weekend. If I go out and shoot something in the mid-60s (Saturday) that would give me a good chance on Sunday.”

In a week when Leicester shocked the world by clinching the Premier League championship, perhaps this is the week for longshots.


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