February 12 2012
Just over two hours ago, Phil Mickelson teed off on the opening hole at Pebble Beach six shots off the lead. Now he leads the field by two strokes.
Mickelson rolled in a 21-foot eagle putt at the par-5 sixth hole and is now at 14 under. That puts him two up on Tiger Woods, Kevin Streelman and 54-hole leader Charlie Wi, who has dropped three strokes in his first five holes.
Wi has dropped three strokes in his first five holes, while playing partner Ken Duke is 1 over in the final group.
“This is fairly predictable, sad to say,” Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee said about the struggles of Wi and Duke with bigger names breathing down their necks. “We’re reminded once again how hard it is (to win a TOUR event).”
Mickelson is 5 under on his round, having also birdied the second, fourth and fifth holes.
Streelman is also 5 under on his round as he makes the turn.