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“Lefty” Dominates the Phoenix Open

“Lefty” Dominates the Phoenix Open

“Lefty” Leads the Pack

Friday, the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson was a half inch from joining only 5 other players in golf history.  His final hole of the day, the ninth, saw him with a putt of about 25 feet.  If he made it, he would have shot a 59.  His stroke looked perfect.  The ball was going straight at the hole, but it ‘rimmed’ out and Mickelson ended up with a round of 60.  He was very disappointed.  At nearly 42 years old, he knew he may never have that opportunity again.

Mickelson has led since day one.  His new driver seems to be working well, hitting the fairway over 75% of the time.  Of course his short iron game, considered the game’s best, has been nearly infallible.

Saturday’s crowd was the largest in PGA history, numbering 179,022.  “Lefty” stayed on the attack.  On one of the most unusual holes in golf, the par three 16th, Mickelson has his moment.  The grandstand seats about 20,000 spectators, who, cheer or boo the players.  “Lefty’s” tee shot landed within a foot of the cup, and the crowd roared.

Phil is leading the tournament by 6 strokes leading into Sunday’s final round.  Brandt Snedeker is chasing him just as he did Tiger last week.  This is Super Bowl Sunday, but I hope Mickelson won’t be overlooked for one of his best tournament victories.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express