CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phil Mickelson's best round of the year wasn't enough for him to stay in the lead Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship, just enough to give him a chance to end his slowest start to a season in 11 years.

J.B. Holmes overpowered Quail Hollow on a good day for scoring, and he made a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole for a 6-under 66. That wound up giving him a 1-shot lead when Martin Flores made his only bogey on the final hole, and had to settle for a 69 that at least put him in the final pairing with Holmes. Mickelson had a 63 and was 2 shots behind.

Holmes and Flores will be looking at Mickelson, who filled the course with one cheer after another. "I'm excited about tomorrow's round," Mickelson said.

Not since 2003 - his last winless year on the PGA Tour - has Mickelson gone this deep into the season without a victory. This year has been so difficult, mainly because of injuries, that he doesn't even have a top 10.

Holmes only last week secured his card for the rest of the year through a medical extension from ankle surgery last year.

Flores has never finished in the top three.


IRVING, Texas - Stacy Lewis shot a 2-under 69 even while missing several makeable putts to grab a share of the lead with Meena Lee after three rounds at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Lewis, the third-ranked player in the world, looked down in frustration after missing a birdie chance at the 18th hole. The Texan matched Lee at 9-under 204. In nearly ideal scoring conditions, Lee shot 70. Caroline Masson, who shared the second-round lead with Lee, followed consecutive 67s with a 75.