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Lefty posts another 'disappointing' round in Phoenix

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On Thursday, after Phil Mickelson watched his birdie attempt for a 59 agonizingly horseshoe around the final hole and stay dramatically out, he said he was “disappointed” with posting 11-under 60.

One day later, after taking a six-stroke lead into the final hole only to post a disheartening double-bogey for 65, Mickelson once again said he was “disappointed” with the finish.

If you’re scoring at home, that’s a “disappointing” 60-65 start for the lefthander – good for a four-shot lead entering the weekend.

“You know what happens: You always remember kind of the last hole, the last putt, what have you,” he explained. “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. Hopefully it'll help me refocus for tomorrow's round and come out and shoot something low.”

Prior to the final hole, Mickelson’s second round was again flawless, with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole and six birdies.

He will play alongside Bill Haas and his Ryder Cup partner Keegan Bradley in Saturday’s third round, which reunites all parties in last year’s three-man playoff at the Northern Trust Open.

“We're going to have a fun day tomorrow,” Mickelson said. “We enjoy playing with each other, we play a lot of practice rounds, and we're going to have a fun day, and [all] of us are going to be trying to make birdies and pushing each other along.”