Mickelson dominant in Phoenix
Last updated: 3rd February 2013
World number 22 Phil Mickelson secured a four-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday.
Mickelson, who carded a six-under-par 65 for the second round, is on 17-under-par for the tournament and showing glimpses of the form which led him to his four major titles.
Mickelson had a remarkable round on the first day of the Phoenix Open and there were doubts about whether he would be able to maintain that form.
However, he did not take the foot off the pedal and withstood challenges from Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker.
Mickelson could have been six shots ahead at the end of the day. However a double bogey at the 18th spoiled what would have been a truly exceptional round of golf.
Needing a par on the 18th hole to set the PGA Tour's all-time 36-hole scoring record at 123, Mickelson instead found the water with a 3-wood off the tee.
After a drop, his approach to the par-4 spun back short of the green, and Lefty was unable to get up and down for bogey. His 125 total matches the lowest 36-hole mark at this event, set in 2001 by Mark Calcavecchia en route to victory.
"It's disappointing to finish both rounds the way I did, but I've been playing well and I'm having a lot of fun around this golf course," said a jubilant Mickelson.
"It's going to be an interesting weekend because a lot can happen and usually does here." He added, who refused to get ahead of himself.
Haas, who finished the second round on 13-under-par, did not have an awful day at the office, by any stretch of the imagination.
Bradley and Snedeker, who were one shot behind Haas also managed to keep themselves well in contention, as a lot can happen in two days of golf.
With low scores abundant at TPC Scottsdale, the 36-hole cut fell at 4-under 138.
Among those failing to make the weekend were Mickelson's playing partners, Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. Ryder Cup stars Nicolas Colsearts and Martin Kaymer also failed to make the finish line after 36 holes.
A look at some of the impressive golf courses on offer in the south of Wales. Go to Gallery
Ian Botham, Allan Lamb, Mark Boucher and company in action at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Go to Gallery
Neville Leck Blog
"The embrace a gleeful Sergio Garcia gave his German caddy after his first victory in 2013 at the Thailand Open on S..."
The famous Blue Monster at Trump National Doral, Miami, has undergone a significant transformation, courtesy of famed course architect Gil Hanse.
Next week's European Tour stop, Golf du Palais Royal, lies within the well-guarded walls of Morocco's Royal Palace.
Looking For The Perfect Pitch? Visit The Swing Doctor!