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Mickelson, Watney together at top of Wells Fargo field

Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, at Charlotte, N.C., minus the separation from the rest of the field.

McIlroy still in touch despite putting problems

Phil Mickelson gets a ruling from an official after his second shot on the 15th hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte on Saturday. Mickelson is tied for the top. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press )

Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, at Charlotte, N.C., minus the separation from the rest of the field.

Mickelson hit a shot out-of-bounds and hit another shot that struck a spectator in the head, costing him three shots over the last four holes Saturday in his round of 1-over 73. Watney hit a semi-shank on the par-3 17th that led to double bogey and had to settle for a 71.

They were at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of George McNeill. And because of their mistakes, a dozen players were within three shots of the lead.

One of them was Rory McIlroy, who missed seven putts from the 5-foot range or closer on his 24th birthday.