J.B. Holmes has been through a lot in recent years. The two-time PGA Tour winner had brain surgery in 2011 and broke his ankle in 2013. His third round 66 at the Wells Fargo Championship is a major step towards getting his career back on track.
Holmes had seven birdies and one bogey in the third round to get to 13-under total, and take a one-stroke lead over Martin Flores.
Flores is the only player in the field to break 70 in each of the first three rounds. The consistency, 67-68-69, is promising for the 32-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas.
The best round of the day went to Phil Mickelson, who fired a nine-under 63 to position himself in third place, two strokes behind Holmes. Mickelson was on a different planet during the front nine. He had consecutive birdies on holes three, four, five, and six, and then he eagled the par-5 seventh, and birdied the eighth to get to seven-under. The front-nine 29 put Mickelson on 59 watch, but he cooled off with “only” two birdies on the back nine for a nine-under 63.
Kevin Kisner is in fourth place at 10-under, and Jason Bohn and Justin Rose are in fifth place at nine-under.
Rory McIlroy shot a seven-under 65 to jump into a tie for eleventh place at six-under total.