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Mickelson Misses Tour’s 36-Hole Record

February 2, 2013
By JOHN NICHOLSON, AP Sports Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson birdied the ninth hole a day too late and missed a chance to break the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water.

Mickelson followed his opening 60 with a 65 on Friday in the Phoenix Open 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," Mickelson said.

He still tied the Phoenix Open record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001, but history slipped through his hands for the second straight day on the last hole.

Mickelson parred the first six holes, and played the next 11 in 8 under before making a mess of the par-4 18th. His drive bounced into the left-side water hazard and, after a penalty drop, he hit an approach that landed on the green and rolled off the front edge. His chip ran 7 feet past and his bogey putt slid by to the left.

"I hit a good shot, I thought," Mickelson said. "I tried to start it right down the middle and hold it into the wind. It just leaked a little bit left. I still thought it was up. ... Then I hit a poor wedge from there. But the tee shot I didn't think was going to be in the water at any point."

Fact Box


At TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Purse: $6.2 million

Yardage: 7,216; Par: 71

Second Round

Phil Mickelson60-65-125

Bill Haas65-64-129

Keegan Bradley67-63-130

Brandt Snedeker64-66-130

Angel Cabrera66-65-131

Charlie Wi68-63-131

Brian Gay65-66-131

Robert Garrigus66-66-132

Ryan Moore66-66-132

John Rollins66-66-132

Matt Every65-67-132

David Hearn67-65-132

Troy Matteson67-65-132

Kevin Na69-64-133

Roberto Castro65-68-133

Brendon de Jonge66-67-133

Gary Woodland67-66-133

Ted Potter, Jr.64-69-133

William McGirt67-66-133

Jeff Maggert64-70-134

Rory Sabbatini68-66-134

Bubba Watson67-67-134

Brendan Steele69-65-134

John Mallinger65-69-134

Casey Wittenberg67-67-134

Harris English67-67-134

Kevin Chappell66-68-134

Hunter Mahan67-67-134

Padraig Harrington64-70-134

Bryce Molder67-67-134

Charles Howell III67-68-135

Bo Van Pelt68-67-135

Boo Weekley69-66-135

Brian Harman70-65-135

Ken Duke66-69-135

Jeff Overton66-69-135

Jeff Klauk67-68-135

Hank Kuehne65-71-136

Martin Flores65-71-136

Aaron Baddeley69-67-136

David Toms69-67-136

Russell Henley69-67-136

Nick Watney65-71-136

Richard H. Lee68-68-136

Cameron Tringale69-67-136

Sang-Moon Bae72-64-136

Kevin Stadler68-68-136

Greg Chalmers68-68-136

Scott Piercy70-66-136

Chris Kirk67-69-136

Justin Leonard65-71-136

Colt Knost71-65-136

Carl Pettersson72-65-137

Chris Stroud71-66-137

David Mathis72-65-137

Billy Horschel69-68-137

Ryan Palmer64-73-137

Jimmy Walker68-69-137

Tim Clark69-68-137

Jason Day70-68-138

Bud Cauley71-67-138

Lucas Glover68-70-138

Kyle Stanley67-71-138

Scott Verplank66-72-138

George McNeill70-68-138

John Merrick69-69-138

Chad Campbell73-65-138

Dicky Pride67-71-138

James Hahn71-67-138

J.J. Henry70-68-138

K.J. Choi71-67-138

Ben Crane67-71-138

Y.E. Yang65-73-138

James Driscoll72-66-138

Failed to qualify

Will Claxton68-71-139

Shawn Stefani69-70-139

David Lynn73-66-139

Jonas Blixt67-72-139

Tim Herron68-71-139

J.B. Holmes71-68-139

Jason Dufner68-71-139

Rickie Fowler68-71-139

Brad Fritsch72-67-139

Jhonattan Vegas72-68-140

Jason Bohn69-71-140

Troy Kelly72-68-140

Nicolas Colsaerts65-75-140

Stewart Cink71-69-140

Fredrik Jacobson69-71-140

Charley Hoffman71-69-140

Luke Guthrie72-68-140

Jason Kokrak72-69-141

D.A. Points67-74-141

Scott Stallings70-71-141

Martin Laird71-70-141

Trevor Immelman70-71-141

Steve LeBrun72-69-141

Alistair Presnell69-72-141

Michael Thompson69-72-141

John Huh72-69-141

Marc Leishman70-71-141

Mark Wilson71-70-141

Stephen Ames72-69-141

Daniel Summerhays70-71-141

John Hurley72-69-141

Ross Fisher74-67-141

Kevin Streelman70-72-142

Josh Teater71-71-142

Sean O'Hair73-69-142

Johnson Wagner72-70-142

Martin Kaymer73-69-142

Joe Ogilvie68-74-142

Andres Romero73-69-142

Wes Short, Jr.70-72-142

Mike Weir69-73-142

Greg Owen70-72-142

Joey Snyder III72-70-142

Glen Griffith72-71-143

Jesper Parnevik70-73-143

Charlie Beljan72-72-144

Ryo Ishikawa72-73-145

Graham DeLaet72-73-145

Tommy Gainey70-75-145

Edward Loar73-72-145

Kevin Sutherland73-73-146

Luke List76-70-146

Geoff Ogilvy74-72-146

D.H. Lee71-75-146

Ricky Barnes74-73-147

Kris Blanks74-75-149

Davis Love III72-WD

Pat Perez72-DQ

The double bogey left him four strokes ahead of Bill Haas and five in front of Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker. Haas shot 64, Bradley 63, and Snedeker 66.

Mickelson will play alongside Haas and Bradley in the third round.

"Bill and I have played on a Presidents Cup team, and Keegan and I have been partners in the Ryder Cup and had an incredibly emotional and fun experience together as partners," Mickelson said. "We're going to have a fun day tomorrow."

Mickelson was cruising before the lapse on 18.

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