CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Garrigus played his final three holes in 3 under to shoot 67 and move into a tie for lead as the players in the morning wave put the finishing touches on their first rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Garrigus started the spurt with a 4-foot eagle putt at the seventh hole, then made a 6-footer for birdie at No. 9. He's tied with Ryan Moore, who won North Carolina's other PGA TOUR event, the Wyndham Championship, in 2009, and Nick Watney, who finished eighth at Quail Hollow a year ago.
Watney played with Phil Mickelson, who might have been tied for the lead had he not driven against a tree on the way to his only bogey of the day at No. 8, his 17th hole of the day. Instead, Mickelson is tied with Boo Weekley and rookie Derek Ernst, who has two holes remaining and was in the penultimate group of the morning.
Robert Karlsson, the Swede who now lives in Charlotte, heads a group of four players who shot 69. Nicolas Colsaerts is 3 under through five holes after an eagle at the fifth hole.
Another Charlotte resident, Webb Simpson, who lives less than a mile from the Quail Hollow clubhouse, was among nine players who shot 2 under. Defending champion Rickie Fowler opened with a round of even par.