CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6 (UPI) -- Pat Perez
birdied five of the last six holes Friday, shot a 7-under 65 and grabbed the lead after two rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Perez posted a 36-hole total of 12-under 132 at the Quail Hollow Country Club, giving him a two-shot advantage over first-round leader Bill Haas and Jonathan Byrd.
Phil Mickelson and Lucas Glover shared fourth place at 135. Mickelson is seeking his second victory of the year. Glover has not won since capturing the 2009 U.S. Open.
Perez has one title on the PGA Tour, that coming at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic, but he has two top-10 finishes in his last three events. He was 7-under for the tournament and three shots out of the lead when he stepped to the 13th tee, then went on a birdie binge that came to a close with Perez holing an eight-foot putt at the par-4 18th.
Bubba Watson, winner last week in New Orleans, shot a 68 and was eight shots behind in a tie for 29th.
Among those missing the 36-hole cut was defending champion Rory McIlroy, who turned in a two-day total of 147. McIlroy was playing in the United States for the first time since he let a chance to win the Masters slip away last month.
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