Phil Mickelson trails only Mike Weir in second Champions start
To maintain his perfect résumé at the PGA Tour Champions, Phil Mickelson will have to skip another former Masters champion and then hold the rest of the field at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday.
Mickelson, who won his only other start on the senior circuit, scored seven birdies on Saturday's second lap en route to a 66, good enough for second place on the leaderboard. Earlier in the day, Mickelson carded a 68 when Friday's wet weather forced players to run a Saturday marathon. A handful of players didn't finish their second round on Saturday and will start early Sunday.
While Mickelson played well, he didn't play as well as 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, who reached Mickelson's early round but fired a 63 in the afternoon to get a three-stroke lead into the final round on Sunday. Weir, who like Mickelson plays left-handed, is below with 18 holes remaining at 13.
Weir's second round included nine birdies and no bogeys at the par-72 Virginia Country Club.
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Mickelson said he was trying to keep the pressure going but his failure to hit fairways continued to punish him.
"I'm trying, man. I'm trying to attack. I'm trying to beat riders and get past this course, but ... it's hard to get out of the rough. I let out a couple of headstrong shots," Mickelson said "Then when I have a great ride like on 9 and all I have to do is hit a solid 3-wood on the green and somehow fling it and not do a birdie so I have a shot there." thrown away. "I just have to be sharper."
Weir wanted to get off to a hot start and knew how much golf to play.
Mike Weir from Canada smiles on the eighth green in the second round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
"When I knew we had 36 today, I wanted to get in a nice rhythm for the day because there are so many holes. If you're in a nice rhythm you can kind of drive it and I did that, I am in a nice rhythm, ”said Weir.
“I tripped over my 18th hole a bit on the first lap, but maybe that gave me a starting shot so I didn't care too much and just say, 'Hey, I'm playing well and let's just hit the pedal hold down. Nice to see a few putts going in and making lots of great iron strokes too. "
Weir couldn't remember when it was last.
"It's been a long time. It would be a while before I found out the last time," he said.
"It's been a long time so it feels good."
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