Wells Fargo Championship 2013: Phil Mickelson and Top Stars to Watch

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 2, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 02:  (L-R) Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson walk down the 16th hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 2, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Phil Mickelson is playing as though he'll be a factor through the weekend in the Wells Fargo Championship from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte N.C.

With three birdies and no bogeys through his first 12 holes, he's playing the mistake-free golf that can make him a threat on any course.Β 


Phil Mickelson is just 1 off the lead @WellsFargoGolf. Check out the spin on his wedge at 14, where he made birdie: http://t.co/hvOQUVeE5w

Despite winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and tying for third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, it has been a tough year for Lefty.

He missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and hasn't managed a finish better than 16th. Heading into The Players Championship on May 9, Mickelson needs to establish momentum.

He is one to watch this week.

Boo Weekley

Were it not for one subpar day during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last week, Weekley could be going for his second-straight tournament win.

Despite shooting 11 under par through the first two rounds, a one-over 73 on Saturday threw him off the pace. He ultimately finished tied for sixth.

Weekley is off to another good start in Charlotte.


.@BooWeekley is the solo @WellsFargoGolf leader at -4. It helps that he got his day started like this: http://t.co/bCYI1HKxvT

Through 16 holes he was tied for the lead at four-under. Right now, there is no one on tour playing better.

He's poised to be a factor into the weekend.

Rickie Fowler

As the defending champion, Fowler will grab a good share of the attention this week.

After chugging along nicely through his first 11 holes, Fowler hit a snag with his first bogey of the day. Through 14 holes he's still one under par, but he'll need to step up his game to be a contender this week.


Rickie Fowler shares the lead in the early going, but could have been 1 lower. Check out his vicious lip-out at 10: http://t.co/nrx2X3A9tf

Fowler has had four top-10 finishes this season, but he's yet to capture a victory. We will have to see if he can produce the one great round that vaults him to the head of the leaderboard.

Bubba Watson

The 2012 Masters champion is due to tee off at 12:55 ET and will continue his season-long search for consistency this week.

He's played some great rounds this season, but those performances have usually been curtailed by poor showings the following day.

At the Zurich Classic, his game went up and down the entire tournament. A 73 in round one was followed by a scores of 65 in round two, 72 in round three and a 66 to finish the week.

Watson knows he can't win with such variances in his scores. Steadying himself is a must if he's going to have a chance to win in Charlotte.

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