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February 19 2012

7:59 PM

Mickelson sole owner of the lead

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson has the lead alone after two-putting for par from 26 feet on the fourth hole.

That's because Jonathan Byrd has just made double bogey at No. 6. He hit his tee shot well left near the cart path and was only able to advance the ball about 50 yards. He barely got his third shot on the green, then three-putted from 68 feet, missing from 7 for the bogey.

Bill Haas is now Mickelson's nearest challenger after moving to 7 under with his second birdie of the day at No. 6 where a pinpoint iron left a 25-inch putt.

Both of Mickelson’s playing partners, Keegan Bradley and Bryce Molder, had bogeys at No. 4. Bradley was short of the green, chipped on and missed a 6-footer to save par while Molder three-putted from 26 feet.

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