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Phil Mickelson In Control At TPC Scottsdale

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Phil Mickelson continued his dominance today at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, shooting a seven under par 64 and increasing his lead over Brandt Snedeker.  Mickelson birdied the last four holes and five of the last six to finish five under par on the back nine. The bogey free third round allowed Mickelson to tie Mark Calcavecchia for the event  low score after 54 holes, and one shot shy of the PGA Tour record for the low score after 54 holes.

Mickelson has owned the back nine this week at TPC Scottsdale, sitting at 24 under par for the golf tournament and 16 under par on the back. He has finished every hole on the back under par this week at least once, and these numbers include a double-bogey on par 4 18th hole to finish the second round.

Trying to keep pace with the torrid Mickelson is Snedeker, who played his first bogey free round of the week while shooting a six under par 65, and is currently sitting six strokes back of the lead.

Padraig Harrington and Ryan Moore are tied at 16 under par for the tournament to round out the top three. Harrington shot an eight under par 63, after posting a second round 70.

Mickelson’s playing partner, Keegan Bradley, had a tough day, shooting two over par for the day. Bradley had five bogeys on the day and four on the back nine.

If Mickelson can finish the wire to wire victory tomorrow, it would be his third at this tournament and 41st for his impressive career. Mickelson also has an opportunity to set the all-time 72 hole scoring mark with final round of 64 or better.

Mickelson will be paired with Snedeker and Harrington tomorrow with a 11am MST tee time, for the final round of play.