February 19 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Keegan Bradley blinks first at the second hole.
He hit his drive under one of the hardwoods on the right side of the fairway. Bradley switched clubs several times and checked the clearance with the tree before hitting his second shot into the left greenside bunker. He blasted out to 27 feet and missed the putt for par to drop back to 7 under.
Mickelson, meanwhile, was in the left rough, several feet from the high fence that defines the practice range. He hit his second shot just short of the green and nearly holed his chip, tapping in from 20 inches to stay at 8 under.
Molder also made par, getting up and down from in front of the green, making a 10-footer to save.
While Bradley may have dropped out of the first place tie, Mickelson has other company at the top now. Jonathan Byrd has just made his second birdie in the first three holes, rolling in a 28-footer to move to 8 under, as well.