• Streb tops crowded Quail Hollow leaderboard

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    CHARLOTTE: Robert Streb fired a seven-under 65 on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to take a one-shot lead in the US PGA Tour’s $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

    Streb, seeking to add a second US tour title to the McGladrey Classic trophy he lifted in October, had seven birdies without a bogey in a morning round that stood up to all afternoon challenges.

    Patrick Reed, playing alongside world number one Rory McIlroy, had eight birdies, grabbing a share of the lead before his second bogey of the day at the 17th saw him finish in a tie for second on 66 with Kevin Chappell.

    McIlroy ran into even more trouble at 17, where a double bogey halted his bid for a late surge.

    “One big mistake,” said McIlroy, whose tee shot at the tough par-three hit the rocks in front of the green and deflected into the water.

    US veteran Stewart Cink, who has not won since the 2009 British Open, was among a group of five players sharing fourth place on five-under 67.

    He was joined by Webb Simpson, Ricky Barnes, Michael Thompson, Chesson Hadley and Billy Hurley.

    South Korea’s K.J. Choi, Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and American Patrick Rodgers were tied on 68, and defending champion J.B. Holmes headed a big group sharing 13th place on three-under 69.

    Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, who earned his first US PGA Tour victory at this event in 2010, was a stroke further back on 70.

    Despite his miscue at the 17th, he said his round overall was satisfactory.

    “I did what I wanted to,” McIlroy said. “I took advantage of the par fives and made birdie on a couple of par fours.”

    AFP

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