Jason Day takes control at Wells Fargo Championship

Jason Day takes control at Wells Fargo Championship

"I knew that if I could just get myself in position. don't do anything too silly out there and find a way to get back into the swing of things, that I could come out of this on the better half".

And at the Wells Fargo Championship on Saturday, he was reminded that he's still just a rookie.

Phil Mickelson gave Uihlein a run for round of the day, firing a seven-under 64 that has him at five-under 208. Save those last two holes, and vintage Tiger Woods carries some stream into the final round.

He finally enjoyed some positive impetus on the ninth hole, crushing his drive 376 yards down the ninth fairway, firing his approach to four feet and holing the birdie putt, to partially atone for his earlier misadventures.

"I struggled with my speed all day", Woods said.

He was in the same spot as Woods, nine shots out of the lead.

"I'm on a hot streak right now", he quipped after posting a two-over 144 halfway total that left him nine strokes behind halfway leader Peter Malnati. Rickie Fowler might have been closer than six shots if not for a four-putt double bogey from 20 feet on No. 17 and he is T-11th.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland followed a 76 in the second round with a 66 on Saturday to move to 3 under. "I'm just going to try to embrace everything that comes with tomorrow and hope I have a chance down the last". Hopefully, this weekend I'll hit it the way I've been hitting it and get a hot putter on the weekend.

Peter Uihlein hit the new course record of 62 to move up to 7-under in a tie for fourth, but was left fuming after being told to take a drugs test straight after the round.

Hours earlier, Woods stood over an 18-foot putt on No. 9, his final hole of another ordinary round that up until then featured no birdies.

Playing partner Paul Casey was another happy camper as he shot 69, a score that his fellow Englishman Ross Fisher matched despite a bogey at his final hole.

"I hit the ball halfway decent today", Woods said. Woods sits at 1-under and nine strokes off the pace.

If there was one disappointment for McIlroy it was perhaps that he didn't capitalise fully on a positive start that saw him pick up three shots in his first six holes. "I missed so many putts". Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (CBS Sports).

"For me it's the most special tournament that we play and it's the one everyone desperately wants to win, but even if I was going for my first major, it's still tough to win".