Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under-par 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., to prove it.
In a feature grouping of the top three players in the world ranking – Mickelson, Woods (68) and Adam Scott (74) – Lefty turned in the star performance Friday morning with a front-nine 28.
By the end of the day, when he played a risky shot from deep in the trees on his final hole to salvage bogey, he was happy to have a share of the lead with Brian Davis, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
Kevin Stadler birdied his last four holes for a 64. Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan and Roberto Castro shot 65.
PUTNAM SHARES LEAD
Web.com Tour money champion Michael Putnam of University Place shot a course-record 9-under 63 to grab a share of the second-round lead with Patrick Cantlay and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman at the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Putnam, who started birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie, Cantlay (65) and Immelman (66) were at 11-under 133 at Sycamore Hills in the opener of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
“Starting the second round (at 2-under 70), I was battling to make the cut and now I’m in the lead,” Putnam said. “That’s the best start I ever had, especially on those holes. They’re not easy.”
Michael Putnam’s brother, Andrew (70), was tied for 11th at 7 under. Former Washington Husky Alex Prugh (70) made the cut at 5 under.
THAI ON TOP AT SAFEWAY
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum birdied three of her last four holes to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.
Phatlum, 23 and winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour, followed her opening 8-under 64 with a 66 for a tournament-record 14-under 130 total to lead Norway’s Suzann Pettersen by one shot.
Rocco Mediate eagled two of the final four holes for an 8-under 63 and the first-round lead at the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta. Bart Bryant, Jeff Sluman, Bobby Clampett and Rod Spittle were a stroke back. … Welshman Liam Bond’s 3-under 68 was good a one-stroke lead after the second round of the European Tour’s Wales Open in Newport, Wales.