Mickelson Storms into Lead with 60

By Sports NetworkFebruary 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson tied the course record Friday when he shot an 11-under 60 in the second round of the FBR Open. Mickelson moved to 9-under-par 133.
 
He was joined in the lead by 21-year-old Kevin Na, who carded a 6-under 65 in the second round at TPC of Scottsdale.
 
Bernhard Langer, the captain of the victorious 2004 European Ryder Cup team, fired a 66 to move into a share of third place. He was joined at 6-under-par 136 by Michael Allen, who also shot a 66 Friday.
 
The first round was completed Friday morning after being suspended due to darkness on Thursday. Thursday's action was delayed due to strong winds early in the round.
 
Mickelson got up and down for birdie at the par-5 13th as he started his round on the back nine. He came right back to drain a 30-foot birdie putt at the next to get to even-par for the tournament.
 
Lefty then sank a 12-foot birdie try at the par-3 16th. At the short par-4 17th, Mickelson's tee shot came to rest just off the left edge of the putting surface. He ran home a remarkable eagle putt from nearly 100 feet out to climb to minus-3.
 
Mickelson, a playoff winner here in 1996, parred three straight around the turn. The reigning Masters champion two-putted for birdie at the par-5 third.
 
After a par on No. 4, Mickelson caught fire. He knocked a sand-wedge to a foot at the fifth and kicked in his birdie putt. At No. 6, Mickelson sank a 5-foot birdie putt thanks to another solid sand-wedge second shot.
 
Mickelson rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at the seventh to get to 7 under. He left himself 10 feet for birdie at No. 8 and made that putt.
 
With an outside chance to shoot 59, Mickelson's second shot to the ninth, his last, came to rest within 3 feet of the hole. He drained that putt for 60.
 
'It was a wonderful day, no complaints here,' Mickelson joked afterwards. 'I think the key to today's round was really hanging in there on Thursday's back nine and getting a couple of birdies. Doing that allowed me a chance to shoot a round like this and have it mean something, have it get me up into contention.'
 
Like Mickelson, Na started on the back nine and picked up his first birdie at the 13th. Na converted a 10-foot birdie try at the next and made it three straight with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th.
 
Na's drive at the 17th came up just short, but he got up and down for birdie to move to 7 under. He came right back with a birdie on 18 to make the turn at minus-8.
 
The South Korea native got up and down for another birdie at the par-5 third to get to 9 under. Na parred his final six holes to remain tied for the lead.
 
'I played solid, hit it real well, then missed a few coming down the stretch, but you can't make every one of them,' said Na. 'I think I got a real good draw on tee times that helped out a lot.'
 
Ryuji Imada fired a 6-under 65 Friday. He moved into a fifth place at 5-under-par 137 and was joined there by David Toms (66), Shaun Micheel (67), Kenny Perry (67), Heath Slocum (69), Charles Warren (68), Hank Kuehne (68), Hunter Mahan (69) and Steve Flesch (67).
 
Jonathan Kaye, the defending champion, posted a 2-under 69 to climb to even-par 142. World No. 1 Vijay Singh is one stroke further back at plus-1 after a 1-over 72 in the second round.
 
The cut line fell at 3-over-par 145 with 77 players advancing to the weekend. Former Masters champion Mike Weir survived on the number.
 
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.