Quail Hollow greens back to form after ‘13 debacle

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FREE AS A BYRD: Jonathan Byrd started the season on a major medical exception due to a wrist injury, but has battled to get his Tour card.

Byrd, who shot 68 Thursday, said that has left him feeling a lot more relaxed.

“I felt like I was carrying a boulder around the golf course,” Byrd said. “It’s freed me up. You still have issues that you always have but it’s been a lot easier playing golf. It’s hard playing when you know what you have to make.”

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THE NOT SO TOP 10: Only two of the world’s top 10 players teed off at Quail Hollow - Mickelson and Justin Rose. That’s a bit unusual considering the tournament hosted the entire top 10 in 2007 and 27 of the top 30 ranked players in the world.

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AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.

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