Former Mansfield High School standout Martin Flores, looking for his first PGA Tour victory, shot a 4-under 68 Friday and is tied for the 36-hole lead at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
Angel Cabrera shot a 69 to share the lead at 9-under 135 with Flores, who, in his fourth full season on the PGA Tour, has never finished in the top three.
Flores, a 32-year-old former Oklahoma standout who plays out of Dallas, couldn’t ask for a better start, and his finish wasn’t too bad, either. Flores began his second round birdie-eagle when he holed out with a wedge from 105 yards in the 11th fairway. He added a pair of birdies late in his round.
Flores rarely flashes any emotion on the course. “I’m pretty chill, you know,” said Flores, the 226th-ranked player in the world. “I may not be that way on the inside but outwardly it looks like that a lot of the time. Overall, I don’t get too up or too down.”
It was the first time Cabrera had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The 44-year-old Argentine’s only tour wins were at Oakmont and the 2009 Masters.
Flores and Cabrera were one shot ahead of Justin Rose, who had a 67.
Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy went the other direction. Mickelson, one shot behind to start the second round, seemed to miss every putt that he made on Thursday. He had a 75 and fell seven shots out of the lead.
McIlroy wound up with a 76 and made the cut on the number at 1-over 145.
The biggest turnaround in the other direction belonged to Brendon de Jonge, who opened with an 80, and followed that by tying the course record at Quail Hollow with a 62.
• Champions Tour: Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead at 6-under 66 with Bart Bryant in the Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands. Defending champion Esteban Toledo was a stroke back. Last year, he became the first Mexican winner in Champions history.
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore.
Max Homa posted scores of 67-68 for a 9-under 135 total and a three-shot clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, Ga. North Texas ex Carlos Ortiz was at 10 under through 12 holes.