Phil (6 back): Really low round is 'out there'


With a birdie and an eagle in his first five holes, it appeared that Phil Mickelson might make a major move up the leaderboard in the Safeway Open, but a bogey on the par-5 finishing hole limited him to a third straight 3-under 69.

Mickelson stands at 9 under par after 54 holes, six shots behind leader Johnson Wagner, who still had three holes to go in his third round when play was suspended.

Mickelson hit his drive on the 18th hole way left and needed four shots to reach the green before two-putting for bogey.

"I hit some good iron shots, I had some good opportunities, but I didn't quite match up my line and speed on the greens," Mickelson told PGA Tour Radio. "But I played a good, solid round and put myself in a position where if I go realy low - and I've got to go really low, but I may have a chance."

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Later, Mickelson told reporters that "a hot round of 8, 9 under par" is a possibility (his exact words were "it's out there"). "The weather's supposed to be a little bit better [Sunday] and I'll have to get hot with the putter because I've given myself a number of good opportunities and haven't quite capitalized on some that I should have."

Mickelson said he isn't stressing over not having won since The Open in 2013. "I'm confident that if I keep playing well and keep playing better and better, it'll happen," he said.