Jason Day carded a 4-under 67 on moving day at Quail Hollow.
American Nick Watney (66) held second at 205 after rookie Aaron Wise, who had tracked Day most of the afternoon, suffered bogeys on two of his last three holes to drop into a four-way tie for third. With all six coming between holes Nos. "So I've got to get up every morning and do everything I possibly can to get back to the ultimate goal of getting back to No. 1".
The four-time major victor got within one of Patrick Reed after two holes on Sunday but ultimately faded for a 74.
In 11 starts, he has missed the cut five times, including his previous two before the Wells Fargo Championship. Peter Uihlein is a stroke further back, having threatened to break the course record in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, finally broke into the 60s as he moved into a tie for 31st - nine strokes from the lead. back at Wells Fargo for the first time since 2012, the 14-time major victor posted a three-under 68.
Tough setups made the back nine harder the first two days than it was on Saturday, and the vulnerable back nine was taken over with low scores by Day and many other players in the third round. "You're trying to nearly get through the first six holes".
"I would probably prefer more of the PGA setup", said Fowler, who tied for fifth at the '17 PGA but also has three top-10 finishes at the Wells Fargo including a victory in 2012. Everyone will start Saturday within 10 shots of the lead.
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Tiger Woods had yet to solve the quandary that has been the greens at Quail Hollow, but at least he could take some positives from the work that he put in with his putting stroke and the continued good long game which resulted in hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
Four birdies in six holes on the back nine had enabled him to break out of a pack that at one point included five co-leaders.
And despite a mini scare at 18 when his ball sat close to the water hazard left of the fairway, Day took his shoes and socks off to hit a fine recovery shot into the heart of the green and two-putt for a closing par.
"You're lying 50th, you might as well try and blitz it a little bit and I was able to do that", he said.
Woods and the rest of the field found a tamer Quail Hollow on Saturday. He shot a 3 under 68 today to get his score into the red as he is at 1 under.
"I made it a little more handsy, kind of like how we used to putt when greens were so slow on public courses", Woods said. 5, 7 and 8, as well as three straight birdies from the 13th through 15th.
The former world number one admitted that he was struggling with his putting this week but put his disappointing second round behind him to shoot three under and get to one under par overall.