Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number in the Texas Open in San Antonio on Friday, blasting out of a greenside water hazard to 5 feet to set up a birdie on the final hole.
Mickelson shot a 2-under-par 70 after opening with a 77 — his worst score of the season — at TPC San Antonio. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136.
Mickelson was in the stream that runs in front of the 18th green after attempting to reach the par 5 in two from 288 yards with a 3-wood.
‘‘I needed to make a birdie to have a chance at playing tomorrow,’’ Mickelson said. ‘‘Fortunately, barely went in, and it looked like the water overlapped the grass. It was not that hard of a shot.’’
Bowditch holed out from 83 yards for an eagle on the par-4 12th. The 30-year-old topped the leaderboard at the end of a round for the first time in his PGA Tour career.
‘‘My wedge shots have been pretty good,’’ Bowditch said. ‘‘I was trying to hit [the one on No. 12] a little past the pin and hope it came back to a reasonable distance. Got lucky.’’
He closed the round with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth, taking two chips to get out of the heavy rough.
Chad Collins (66) and rookie Andrew Loupe (70) were a stroke back.
LPGA — After birdieing six of the first seven holes on the back nine, Dori Carter bogeyed the final two holes for an 8-under 64 to claim the lead after two rounds of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. The round was her lowest in competition and broke the Aviara course record.
Winless on tour, the former University of Mississippi player had 11 birdies and three bogeys. At 10-under 134, she had a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis (66) and Cristie Kerr (68).
EurAsia Cup — Asia had two wins and two halves in the five foursomes matches but Europe rallied in the other match to hold a 7-3 lead after two days at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung had a 4 and 3 win over Thomas Bjorn and Thorjorn Olesen in the first match.
Web.com — Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass., shot a 64 (tied for second-best round of the day) and moved into a tie for eighth place, four shots behind leader Jonathan Randolph (65), after the second round of the Louisiana Open at Le Triomphe CC in Brussard. Randolph is at 11-under 131.