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Phil Mickelson shots 65 to lead Phoenix Open

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 6-under-par 65 Friday in the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., 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. ‘‘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.’’


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.

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On Thursday, Mickelson had a 25-foot birdie putt for a 59 on No. 9 that caught the right edge, curled 180 degrees and stayed out. A day later with little at stake on the par-4 hole, he hit to 4 feet and rolled the putt into the center of the cup.

‘‘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 made 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.

The double bogey left him four strokes ahead of Bill Haas (64) and five in front of Keegan Bradley (63) and Brandt 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.’’

Bradley eagled the 15th, hitting a 350-yard drive and a 7-iron approach to 8 feet.

‘‘I just smashed a driver down there,’’ Bradley said. ‘‘I had been hitting 3-wood and I'm driving the ball so well that I just decided to rip driver down there.’’

He birdied 16, the stadium hole with rowdy crowd.


‘‘It reminds me of when I go to Fenway Park,’’ Bradley said. ‘‘There’s always like a murmur. It’s really cool. I wish there was more holes like that out here.’’

European — Richard Sterne sank a birdie on 18 for a 2-under 70 to take a one-shot lead (12-under 132) over Thorbjorn Olesen (66), Tommy Fleetwood (68), and Stephen Gallacher (70) after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.