CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The cheers Webb Simpson heard Saturday at Quail Hollow were all for him.
Simpson, who lives about a mile from the course, emerged from a crowded leader board with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. He finished with a 3-under 69 for a 1-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Simpson, who played the opening two rounds with crowd favorite Tiger Woods, was among seven players who had a share of the lead at some point in the third round. One of them was Rory McIlroy, who can return to No. 1 in the world this week. McIlroy was slowed by a three-putt, but had a 66 and was among those 2 shots behind.
Five players were tied until Simpson made his birdie, and finished with a solid par to reach 14-under 202.
Ryan Moore (68) and D.A. Points (69) were one shot behind, though nothing was settled on a steamy afternoon except for Simpson atop the leaderboard and a lot of his neighbors loving it.