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You Oughta Know: Mickelson eyes first top 10 of '14

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After a sizzling 63 during the third round, Phil Mickelson is once again in position to hoist the trophy at the Wells Fargo Championship, a title that has eluded him up to this point. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Quail Hollow, where Mickelson sits two shots behind J.B. Holmes:

•Mickelson enters the final round alone in a tie for third and is in search of his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season. He'll try to end his drought on a course where he has had significant success; seven of his 10 previous starts at Quail Hollow have netted a top-10 finish.

• While Mickelson dazzled during the third round, including a front-nine 29, consistency hasn't been his strong suit this season. The southpaw has yet to record back-to-back rounds in the 60s, a streak that he will hope to end Sunday.

• Holmes has battled numerous injuries in recent years, including brain surgery in 2011, but has had a successful 2014 campaign. He fulfilled the obligations of his major medical extension with a T-11 last week in New Orleans and is now in position for his first win since the 2008 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

• Martin Flores held the lead for much of the day Saturday, and still has a chance to win on the PGA Tour for the first time. Flores will tee off Sunday in second place, one shot behind Holmes. His best prior finish on the PGA Tour came last year at the John Deere Classic, when he tied for fourth.

Rory McIlroy made the cut on the number, but moved into contention with a 65 during the third round. The Ulsterman now finds himself in a tie for 11th as he looks to replicate his feat at this event in 2010, when he made the cut on the number but rallied to win after rounds of 66 and 62 on the weekend.

• Should either Mickelson or McIlroy win Sunday, they’ll join the list of players bringing an OWGR abacus with them to TPC Sawgrass. Mickelson (currently No. 9 in the world) and McIlroy (currently No. 11) will both have a chance to assume the top spot in the world rankings should they win both this week in Charlotte and next week at the Players Championship.