SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – 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 65 on Friday in the Phoenix Open 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.
The double bogey left him four strokes ahead of Bill Haas and five in front of Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker. Haas shot 64, Bradley 63, and Snedeker 66.
Mickelson will play alongside Haas and Bradley in the third round.
EUROPEAN: In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Overnight leader Richard Sterne made a birdie on the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen and two others after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Sterne finished with a 2-under 70 and 12-under 132 total. Olesen (66), Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Stephen Gallacher (70) were a shot back. Chris Doak (69), Andreas Harto (67) and Maximilian Kieffer (68) were two shots off the pace.