CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The cheers Webb Simpson heard Saturday at Quail Hollow were all for him.

Simpson, who lives about a mile from the course, emerged from a crowded leaderboard with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. He finished with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.

Simpson, who played the opening two rounds with crowd favorite Tiger Woods, was among seven players who had a share of the lead at some point in the third round. One of them was Rory McIlroy, who can return to No. 1 in the world this week. McIlroy was slowed by a three-putt, but had a 66 and was among those two shots behind.

Five players were tied until Simpson made his birdie, and finished with a solid par to reach 14-under 202.

INSPERITY CHAMPIONSHIP: At The Woodlands, Texas, Fred Funk shot a 3-under 69 in sweltering heat for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.

Lehman followed his opening 65 with a 70 to match Funk at 9-under 135 on The Tournament Course.

Mike Goodes and Brad Bryant were one shot back. Goodes had a 67, and Brad Bryant shot a 68. Michael Allen, going for his third straight victory, had a 68 to join Bobby Clampett at 7 under. Clampett shot a 67.

The main attraction Saturday was the grouping of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino in an exhibition scramble event. Palmer curled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole, prompting a roar from the massive gallery that followed the greats all day.

LPGA BRAZIL CUP: At Rio De Janeiro, Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum and France's Karine Icher each 7-under 66 to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's 36-hole Brazil Cup exhibition event.

American Katie Futcher was a shot behind at Itanhanga Golf Club, and Norway's Suzann Pettersen matched Brittany Lang and Candie Kung at 68. Paula Creamer and Christina Kim shot 69.

SPANISH OPEN: At Seville, Spain, England's Simon Dyson closed with a double bogey for a 1-under 71, leaving him with a one-stroke lead after the third round of the 100th Spanish Open.