Still showing some rust from his back problems, Phil Mickelson got around TPC Scottsdale on Friday afternoon at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and makes the 36 hole cut. Phil followed an up and down even par performance on Thursday with a bogey-free four under performance on. Lefty is trying to defend his 2013 title at his home course, but will have to start moving day eight shots back.
If Phil Mickelson wants to be the first to win back-to-back titles at the Phoenix Open since Johnny Miller in the 1974/1975 seasons, he will need to get out early on Saturday morning, and put up a good number before the wind picks up. He starts the day in a tie for 27th place, but we all know that if he gets hot, and on a roll, he can put a good number at this golf course.
Mickelson barely missed a putt which lipped out last year that would have given him his first 59 on the PGA Tour. He carded a 60 in the first round, and went on to win by four strokes. So I wouldn’t count him out just yet. Let’s see what he does on Saturday.
“I didn’t make too many sloppy swings,” said Mickelson, who hit twice as many fairways (10) as he did on Thursday and missed only four greens in regulation. “My distance control was back on.
“I don’t know if I’m too far back or not, but on this golf course you can really make some fireworks happen.”
Asked if he thought a 63 or 64 was possible, Mickelson said, “Absolutely.
“It’s my opportunity, because I’m going to be one of the earlier groups, and that means the greens are going to be pristine. They are really rolling well.”
The leaderboard in the Phoenix Open is packed with some great players. It should be a wild finish at a wild golf course. The crowds at the tours first stadium golf course, TPC Scottsdale, and in particular, the 16th hole will be electrifying today, and is well worth tuning in to watch.
You can follow Les on Twitter @Spin_47 and in the Golf Community at Google+