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5mBob Harig

Phil Mickelson soars into contention at Quail Hollow

After two straight MCs, Phil Mickelson flipped the switch like only he can. The result has him in contention, through 36 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship, for his first win since 2013.

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Live Leaderboard: Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy's first round since the Masters on Thursday left him above par through 18 holes. Can he get back into red figures Friday at Quail Hollow Club?

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Mickelson in contention at Wells Fargo (1:49)
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Across the Pond: Have we moved on from Tiger? (3:00)
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Iraq veteran Randy Shack makes impressive long putt (0:32)
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McIlroy unsure of golf's Olympic future (0:49)
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Beck, 1st Israeli on LPGA Tour, leads in Alabama

Laetitia Beck, the first Israeli player to qualify for the LPGA Tour, took the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic after shooting a bogey-free, 7-under 65 on Thursday morning.

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2dJason Sobel

No reason to think Spieth isn't over Masters

There's no reason to doubt Jordan Spieth when he says he's over his Masters collapse, Jason Sobel writes. If anything, it might have taught him lessons that will make him even better.

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Spieth's shocking Masters collapse (2:26)
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Scott blames schedule for Masters performance (0:48)
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Leishman withdraws from Olympic consideration

Marc Leishman has joined fellow Australian Adam Scott by withdrawing from Olympic consideration, citing health concerns for his wife who continues to recover from a near-fatal illness.

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Scott: I am far from abandoning my country (1:03)
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Kuechly the caddie (2:01)
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4dBob Harig

Harig: Daly, PGA Tour Champions are good match

John Daly and the PGA Tour Champions could be a great match, Bob Harig writes. The 50-and-over circuit gets a boost from Daly's star power, and the erratic fan favorite gets to start over.

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Rinaldi: Spieth not broken (2:57)
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Watch out for Webb at Wells Fargo (1:00)
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5dIan Chadband

Golf's forgotten Olympic champion

Golf is back at the Olympics with stars such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, but few have a tale to match that of the last champion, George Lyon.

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Shin (67) closes out first LPGA Tour victory

Jenny Shin broke through on the LPGA Tour and locked up her first win with a closing 4-under 67 on Sunday at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Ireland's Power closes out first Web.com win

As much of the leaderboard struggled, Seamus Power closed with a 5-under 67 to triumph at the United Leasing & Finance Championship and win his first Web.com Tour title.

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8dJohnette Howard

Happy 50th, John Daly, and thanks for these memories

He burst onto the scene by winning the 1991 PGA Championship and has kept us entertained ever since. On his 50th birthday, we salute John Daly for his outrageous and fascinating career.

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9dBob Harig

Quick 9: Why can't the top two tours get along?

Rory's tour choice, Tiger's tough decision and possibly the greatest tweet of all time (at least from someone age 80 or older): Bob Harig has it all covered in this week's Quick 9.

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14dWright Thompson

The Secret History of Tiger Woods

The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world's greatest golfer. How he waged that war -- through an obsession with the Navy SEALs -- is the tale of how Tiger lost his way.

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

After a slow start to the tournament, Rory McIlroy has heated up at Quail Hollow, where he finished the front nine eagle-birdie-birdie to get to -3 for the tournament, just 5 strokes behind leader Andrew Loupe. McIlroy played his first nine holes of the Wells Fargo Championship in 40 strokes but has played the last 18 holes in 7 under.

Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Zac Blair was disqualified from the Wells Fargo Championship today for -- you never would've guessed this -- hitting himself in the head with his putter. After missing a putt on the fifth hole, Blair hit himself in frustration. He continued using the putter, but later found it had bent slightly, making it a non-conforming club. Later on Twitter, he took responsibility for the mishap, which led to one of the strangest DQs in recent memory.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson is playing his 50th competitive round at Quail Hollow, having played 38 of them at par or better. Mickelson, who is 2 under so far today and three shots out of the lead, has the most top-10 finishes in Wells Fargo tournament history with 8 in 12 appearances. It was one of 8 events he has played more than 10 times without a victory -- led by the U.S. Open at 25.

Iraq veteran makes impressive long putt

Randy Shack, who was paralyzed in battle, made a long putt off the green in his PGA HOPE tournament to lead his team to victory.

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Phil Mickelson is not concerned with the hectic summer schedule because he'd very much like to play golf in the Olympics. "And if I don't, I'll take a 3-week vacation with the family. So it's a win-win.'' Mickelson is ranked 20th in the world and needs to move ahead of No. 8 Dustin Johnson -- the 4th-highest-ranked American -- to make the Olympic field. After the Wells Fargo, where he shot 69 Thursday, he has 6 more events prior to the July 11 cutoff for the Olympic field.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Whenever Tiger Woods comes back, he needs to "lower his expectations,'' said Johnny Miller. The two-time major winner said during a conference call for the Players Championship that if he could give Woods advice "when he comes back, he should say I've been working really hard on my golf and it feels good in practice, but I really can't tell what I'm going to do when I tee it up. I hope to just make some cuts and build from there.'' Miller added: "Going that other route sounds heroic, but it's just so much pressure.''