Mickelson (66) trying to survive Green Mile


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Phil Mickelson continued his love/hate relationship with Quail Hollow Club’s three-hole closing stretch on Friday.

One of the best rounds Mickelson has played in some time was in danger of unraveling on the par-4 18th hole, much like it did on Thursday when he closed with a double bogey-6.

But Lefty rallied with a 10-footer for par and a second-round 66.

“[No.] 18 is a wonderful golf hole. I just don’t like playing it. It doesn’t fit my eye,” said Mickelson, who is tied for fifth place at 7 under, three shots off the lead. “It’s a very difficult hole.”

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It’s part of a very difficult stretch that has largely denied Mickelson a title at the Wells Fargo Championship, one of just seven events on the PGA Tour he has failed to win after making at least 10 starts.

Mickelson entered the week 36 over par on the Green Mile. Conversely, he’s played the other 15 holes 111 under par in his career at Quail Hollow.

This week, however, Mickelson – who has seven top-10 finishes at the Wells Fargo, including a runner-up showing in 2010, when Rory McIlroy won his first Tour title – has limited the damage on Nos. 16-18 to just 2 over par.

“I’ll take a par on 18 every day,” he said.