John Peterson soars into Quail Hollow lead behind pair of eagles

Posted May 05, 2018

On the bright side: Having started on the back nine, he maneuvered through Quail Hollow's unsafe "Green Mile" without any further damage.

Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, after shooting a two-over 73 on Friday, putting him at two over par for the tournament.

Peterson carded a six-under 65 at Quail Hollow, thanks largely to back-to-back eagles at the seventh and eighth holes Thursday.

Peterson, a former American collegiate champion, led a group of five players by two strokes, while Woods missed two putts from inside five feet en route to a 71.

Two time Wells Fargo champ Rory McIlroy also started his round on the back 9.

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"No, they're still friends of mine and we still text each other but I am now working on my game and there is less time for them to either come out to dinner or ask me questions of hop on the phone", said Woods. "I tried to make sure I hit the putts harder and I kept pulling them". "What I was feeling and what I was sensing just didn't match up".

Grouped with Brooks Koepka and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed (similarly clothed in a pink Nike shirt on day one), Woods was welcomed back to Charlotte with the largest gallery of any player. His ensuing putt lipped out hard, and while he dissected the par-5 that followed to make his third birdie of the day, Woods 3-putted from 15 feet on the 16th hole for bogey.

"I felt like I've played my way into playing shape now - whether it's the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week", Woods said. I feel like I've played my way into the rhythm of it.

He said he was now in "playing shape" and the goal was "just trying to get a little better".

In 1997, he rampaged to a 12-shot victory to claim his first Masters title and then took virtual ownership of the Green Jacket with three wins from 2001 to 2005. He last played the tournament in 2012.

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McIlroy said that his ideal golf course would be designed with trees to line out the fairways, and that's why Quail Hollow has fared him well in his career.

I'm hitting it fine. "If I make a couple putts I'd be 2, 3 under par".

Hashmi, 17, won an essay contest sponsored by Wells Fargo and The First Tee and as the grand prize he was allowed to pick the PGA Tour professional he'd play with in Wednesday's pro-am.

"It should be a little quicker", he said.

John Peterson started his rookie season on the PGA Tour about the time Tiger Woods started to experience back problems.

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