Angel Cabrera never knows when he's going to play his best golf. This could be shaping up as one of those weeks at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
On a Quail Hollow course that lets the Argentine hit driver on just about every hole, two exquisite short-game shots late in the second round carried him to 3-under 69 Friday and a share of the lead with Martin Flores.
It was the first time Cabrera had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The last time he was part of the lead after any round was in the 2013 Masters.
Flores couldn't ask for a better start, and his finish wasn't too bad, either. He began his second round birdie-eagle when he holed out with a wedge from 105 yards in the 11th fairway. He added a pair of birdies late in his round for 68.
They were at 9-under 135, one shot ahead of Justin Rose, who had 67.
Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy went the other direction. Mickelson, one shot out of the lead to start the second round and perfect conditions ahead of him, seemed to miss every putt that he made Thursday. He had 75 and fell seven out of the lead. McIlroy missed five putts from 6 feet or closer, wound up with 76 and made the cut on the number at 1-over 145.
The biggest turnaround in the other direction was Brendon de Jonge, who grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in Charlotte. He opened with 80, then followed that by tying the course record at 10-under 62 to tie Mickelson at 142. "Strange game," he said.
LPGA: Natalie Gulbis plays with tape wrapped around her achy left wrist. She has an appointment with a specialist next week to finally figure out what is causing the pain she has dealt with for much of the season. In the meantime, she is contending for her first tour victory in seven years. She was tied with Texan Stacy Lewis at 7-under 135, putting the Americans a stroke behind leaders Meena Lee of South Korea and Caroline Masson of Germany after two rounds in the North Texas Shootout in Irving. With 65 on Friday, Gulbis had her first sub-70 round this year. "I haven't played a lot this year, and I haven't played very well in the events I've played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies," Gulbis said. "It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn't seen yet this year."
Champions: Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant at 6-under 66 in the Insperity Invitational at the Woodlands Country Club in Texas. He has 20 straight under-par rounds.
Players Championship: Jason Day, No. 6 in the world ranking, will not compete next week at TPC Sawgrass as he recovers from a thumb injury. Day has only played once since winning the WGC-Match Play Championship in February, where he first injured his thumb.