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Phil Mickelson narrowly misses setting a PGA Tour 36-hole record | Golf
By The Associated Press
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson made a mess of his final hole in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, costing him another shot at history.
A day after his putt for a 59 curled more than 180 degrees around the hole and stayed out, Lefty missed a chance to surpass the PGA Tour 36-hole scoring record Friday when he finished with a double bogey.
"You always remember kind of the last hole, the last putt," Mickelson said. "But I think it's very possible that's going to help me because it's got me refocused, that I cannot ease up on a single shot. I've got to be really focused. These guys are going to make a lot of birdies, and I've got to get after it and cannot make those kinds of mistakes."
Mickelson followed his opening 60 with a 65 to reach 17-under 125, a stroke off the Tour record for the first two rounds of a tournament set by Pat Perez in the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and matched by David Toms at Colonial in 2011.
"Unfortunately, I made a double on the last hole and didn't finish the way I wanted to," said Mickelson, who leads by four strokes. "But I think it's a good example of what can happen on this course. You can make a lot of birdies and eagles, make up a lot of ground, but there's a lot of water and trouble there that if you misstep you can easily make bogeys and double."
Mickelson's drive on No. 18 bounced into the left-side water hazard and, after a penalty drop, he still had a chance to get up and down for a par and the record. But the former Arizona State standout didn't get enough on his approach shot, with the ball landing on the green and rolling off the front edge. His chip got away from him a bit, running 7 feet past, and his bogey putt slid by to the left, leaving him with a share of the tournament's 36-hole record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.
Bill Haas (64) was in second place. Keegan Bradley (63) and Brandt Snedeker (66) were tied for third at 12 under.
"It was such a relief to shoot a good number," Bradley said. "I've been playing so well this whole year and haven't made many putts. Today, the putts started to go in."
Ryan Moore (66) of Puyallup was tied for eighth place at 10 under, ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (68) was tied for 38th at 6 under and defending champion Kyle Stanley (71) of Gig Harbor was tied for 60th place at 4 under.
Players with 36-hole scores of 139 and worse missed the cut, a group that included ex-UW Husky Troy Kelly (72-68 — 140).
• South African Richard Sterne shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Sterne was at 12 under. Thorbjorn Olesen (66) of Denmark, Tommy Fleetwood (68) of England and Stephen Gallacher (70) of Scotland were a shot back.
• Alison Walshe birdied the 17th hole in an opening-round, 6-under 66 that gave her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Jessica Korda at the Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast.
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