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.
Mickelson tied the Phoenix Open record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.
A day after missing a chance for a 59 when his 25-foot putt on the ninth caught the right edge, curled 180 degrees and stayed out, Mickelson hit to 4 feet and rolled the downhill putt into the center of the cup.
Bill Haas was second, four strokes back.
Sterne still leading at Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Overnight leader Richard Sterne made a birdie on the 18th hole Friday to take a one-shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen and two others after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Sterne, a South African who has struggled with injuries, 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.
Sergio Garcia (67) was three strokes back despite struggling with shoulder problems that required treatment midway through his round.
Lee Westwood, ranked No. 8 in the world, shot a 71 to trail by six shots.
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