Phil Mickelson says noisy crowds at the Phoenix Open are "awesome"

Last Updated: 03/02/13 8:16am

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Phil Mickelson: Bouncing off the crowds in Phoenix this week

Phil Mickelson: Bouncing off the crowds in Phoenix this week

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Phil Mickelson says he loves the unique atmosphere at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he now sits six shots clear with a round to play.

"It's hard to describe," said Mickelson, who always draws the biggest roars at the tournament having gone to university at nearby Arizona State.

"The way the people are here and the size of the crowds at this tournament, unique to any event on tour, it's pretty cool.

"To have gone to school here, the way they treat me is awesome."
Phil Mickelson

"To have gone to school here, the way they treat me is awesome," added the left-hander, a two-time winner of this event already, after his third round 64.

The roars for Mickelson were off the radar after he almost made a hole-in-one at the stadium hole par three 16th where 20,000 noisy fans line the fairway and surround the green.

He explained: "I just hit a hard nine (iron). I like to hit something hard there because you feel that adrenalin that the crowd provide and that turned out pretty good."

If Mickelson shoots a 65 on Sunday he ties the PGA Tour low scoring record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III. However, that isn't the main thing on his mind.

"I'll be pretty aggressive but the first priority is to take care of business this week.

"I know what Brandt Snedeker can do, he's a great player, great putter and can really light it up. He had a good round today and I want to make sure I take care of business first, regarding (winning) the tournament and try not to worry about records."

Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington gave his confidence a massive boost as he fired a sparkling 63 to climb into a share of third with Ryan Moore on 16 under.

"I felt good about my game," said the Irishman. "I birdied four of the first five holes. I created a lot of chances after that all the way through.

"I could look at it and say I should have made a few more, but there's a lot of good things in my game. I saw a lot of positive things about it. When you're seeing that you're prepared to be a little more patient."

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