Phil Mickelson currently sits at 10 under par after two rounds at the WGC Cadillac Championship, which puts him in third place and three shots behind the leader, Tiger Woods. Had it not been for a birdie-birdie finish by Graeme McDowell, Woods and Mickelson would have been golfing together in a dream pairing tomorrow.
“Lefty” rolled in seven birdies on the day, compared to just two bogeys, to record his second consecutive round of 67. He’s tied with Steve Stricker, and the two will play their third round together. It might not have been quite as clean of a round as he had yesterday, but Mickelson still managed to put himself well within range to make a move on Saturday.
Mickelson barely missed holing an ace on the par-3 ninth hole. His nine-iron into the 169 yard hole stopped just inches shy of the cup. The rest of the field is very well aware of where Phil currently sits on the leaderboard and are doing what they can to keep him out of the top spot. “I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me and I said, ‘Let’s spoil this part tomorrow. I’m sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow, but I certainly will enjoy the position of being in the last group. That’s where I want to be,” said McDowell.
Phil seems to have been energized by a trip earlier in the week to Augusta National. “There’s something very spiritual about playing Augusta if you love the game as much as I do, and going there gets me fired up,” Mickelson said. For those of you keeping track, that makes an almost-hole-in-one on top of the amazing shot he hit off of the cart path yesterday. Or, if you’re Mickelson, two ordinary golf shots.
When you have the talent that Mickelson has, it doesn’t take much to get your game going in the right direction. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, it seems like his trip to Augusta got him exactly where he needs to be in order to be a part of the conversation late into the weekend at Doral.