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May 19 2012

9:15 PM

Mickelson: Not much better in Rd. 3

Watch: Mickelson chips in at 18

Phil Mickelson chipped in for birdie to end Saturday's third round.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- On Thursday, Phil Mickelson ended his first round with a bogey. On Friday, he suffered a double bogey on his final hole.

Saturday, he could walk off the TPC Four Seasons Resort course with a smile, thanks to a chip-in birdie from 41-1/2 feet at the par-4 18th.

"Fun way to end the day," Mickelson said, who was given a standing ovation as he headed toward the scorer's table.

Mickelson rallied on the back nine Saturday to fashion a 1-under 69 that leaves him at 2 under for the tournament headed into Sunday's final round.

That will put him in the top 30 after 54 holes, but Mickelson doesn't think he'll be close enough to win his second HP Byron Nelson Championship. His first win here was 16 years ago.

"I think I will be too far back to make a run," Mickelson said, "but you never know. Try to get a hot front nine tomorrow."

Unhappy with his play during his second-round 69, Mickelson didn't feel his Saturday 69 offered any kind of significant improvement. He hit eight of 14 fairways, his best performance off the tee this week, but just 12 of 18 greens, the worst of his three rounds and made four bogeys. "Sloppy bogeys," he noted.

"It wasn't that much better today," Mickelson said. "I hit a lot of wild shots today. I was able to make some birdies, though, but made too many mistakes.

"I hit it very well the last two weeks but didn't score well. Today and yesterday, my ball-striking was poor. I 'll see if I can get it turned around for tomorrow."

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