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McIlroy and Mickelson to make first start since Masters

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Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will both make their first start since the Masters earlier this month when they appear at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. 

McIlroy took two weeks off after recording his best ever finish at Augusta - tied eighth - despite never really contending over the weekend, something he attributed to his failure on the par fives of the Georgian course.

The Northern Irishman returns to Charlotte - scene of his first PGA Tour win - hoping to seal his first win in the US since he won the BMW Championship at the end of 2012. He narrowly missed out on becoming the first multiple winner at Quail Hollow two years ago when Rickie Fowler won his first event on the circuit with a playoff win over McIlroy and Darren Andrew "D.A." Points. 

The two-time major champion said there were no excuses for him if he didn't play well at the year's first major two weeks ago, and his best finish at the National and first top 10 suggests his game is moving in the right direction once again. 

Throughout the week, his play from off the tee looked impregnable and if his putter had been a little hotter, he may well have given Bubba Watson something to think about on the back nine on Sunday. However, he must now put the disappointment of once again failing to claim his first Green Jacket with a strong performance this week at a course clearly well suited to his game, especially with the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass scheduled the following week. 

For Mickelson, it's a return to competitive golf after his Masters nightmare where rounds of 76 and 73 on the opening two days meant he missed the cut for the first time since 1997. 

Like McIlroy, the five-time major winner has a good record in Charlotte even if that does include a the mental scars of failing to see out last year's tournament. 

Leading with three holes of regulation play to go, Mickelson made bogeys at 16 and 17 to fall out of the lead and lose his place in the resultant playoff with 20-year-old Derek Ernst and Englishman David Lynn, Ernst eventually sealing his maiden win on Tour at the first extra hole. 

The US Open at Pinehurst is approaching and with Mickelson still just that major away from completing the career Grand Slam, he simply must make an improved showing in Charlotte to gather momentum and form.

Last year's winner of the US Open, Justin Rose, will also be in attendance, alongside 2012 winner Webb Simpson. 

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