CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nick Watney answered what he referred to as a wake-up call at the Wells Fargo Championship by taking the lead. Tiger Woods might need one after missing the cut.
Watney had gone nine straight rounds on the PGA Tour without breaking 70 and had failed to crack the top 10 in all nine of his stroke-play tournaments this year. He worked hard to change that, and it paid off Friday with an 8-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead over Webb Simpson going into the weekend.
A two-time winner last year, Watney had failed to crack the top 30 in a full-field event this year, and missed the cut in New Orleans for his first weekend off at a tournament since July.
Woods wound up in rare position.
He failed to make a birdie on any of the par 5s or any hole on his back nine, missing a 4-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole with the cut on the line. Woods wound up with a 73 — his eighth consecutive round in the 70s — for an even-par 144 to miss the cut by one shot.
It was only the eighth time in 267 events on the PGA Tour that Woods missed the cut, and the first time it happened at the same place twice — Quail Hollow, where in four trips before the downfall in his personal life Woods had won once and never finished worse than 11th.
Watney was at 12-under 132 and will play in the final group with Simpson, who had a 68. Watney is staying with Simpson, who lives about a mile away. One side benefit from his 64 was that he has a bet with his host that high score takes out the garbage each day.
Stewart Cink, winless since he captured the British Open at Turnberry in 2009, had a 69 and joined Ben Crane (64), John Senden (68) and D.A. Points (68) two shots out of the lead. Ryan Moore had a penalty stroke for his ball moving on a tap-in and had to settle for a 70. He was at 9-under 135.
INSPERITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Tom Lehman had an eagle and five birdies on the first eight holes on the back nine, then bogeyed the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas.
Fred Funk and Houston native Tom Jenkins were tied for second, and past winners John Cook and Bernhard Langer topped a large group at 68.
The 53-year-old Lehman, the player of the year last season after winning three times, has three top-12 finishes in six Champions Tour starts this year. He eagled the par-5 15th en route to his lowest score in nine Champions Tour rounds at The Woodlands.
Michael Allen, coming off consecutive victories at TPC Tampa Bay and the Legends of Golf better-ball event with David Frost, opened with a 69.
SPANISH OPEN: France’s Gregory Bourdy shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the 100th Spanish Open in Seville.
Bourdy had a 5-under 139 total at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla.
Italian teen Matteo Manassero boosted his hopes of making the U.S. Open, shooting a 70 join Spain’s Jorge Campillo (72) of Spain and Englishmen Robert Rock (72) and Simon Dyson (69) at 4 under. Manassero, ranked 64th, needs to be inside the top 60 by May 21 to earn a spot in the U.S. Open.
American Shaun Micheel, the first-round leader, shot a 77 and slip to even par.