Phil Mickelson leads Waste Management Phoenix Open but misses PGA Tour record
Phil Mickelson maintained a four-stroke lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but missed out on a PGA Tour record.
Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:00pm
The four-time major winner carded a second round of 65 to take him to 17-under par for the tournament, four clear of fellow American Bill Haas.
But a par on the last on Friday would have seen Mickelson set a new 36-hole record of 123, bettering the record of 124 shot by Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and David Toms at the 2011 Colonial Invitational.
However, the left-hander found the water from the tee and could not avoid dropped shots for the first time this week, carding a double-bogey six to leave him with a total of 125 after two rounds.
Mickelson narrowly missed another scoring milestone the day before when his birdie putt on the ninth, which would have given him a 59, lipped out in agonising fashion.
The 42-year-old said he was "mortified" to miss out on the 59 but on Friday took a more positive outlook after falling short of the record.
"I think it's very possible that's going to help me because it's got me refocused. I cannot ease up on a single shot," he told the PGA Tour's official website.
"These guys are going to make a lot of birdies and I've got to get after it and cannot make those kinds of mistakes. Hopefully it'll help me refocus for tomorrow's round and come out and shoot something low."
Haas carded eight birdies in a blemish-free 64 to sit 13 under, a shot ahead of Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley, who carded an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey while shooting a 63, the best round of the day.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington slipped down the pecking order to joint 20th on eight under after he could manage a round of 70.
Defending champion Kyle Stanley just made the cut - he was bang on the mark at four under - but all the British representatives bowed out.
Another notable casualty was Jason Dufner, who failed to make the weekend after a Tour-leading 22 consecutive cuts made.