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February 19 2012

8:08 PM

Mickelson opens two-shot edge

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Phil Mickelson, who is going to back-to-back wins, just gave himself a little breathing room when he rolled in a 6-footer for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole.

He’s now 9 under and two strokes ahead of Bill Haas, who has completed seven holes, and the resilient Jonathan Byrd, who bounced back from his double bogey at No. 5 with a 6-footer for birdie at the next.

Keegan Bradley, who held a share of the 54-hole lead, continues to struggle. He has just made his second straight bogey, three-putting from 32 feet to fall back to 5 under for the tournament.

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