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February 1 2013

6:38 PM

Mickelson opens six-stroke lead

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  Who says it's hard to follow a really low round with another one?

Phil Mickelson, who flirted with a 59 on Thursday before settling for a 60, has just moved to 7 under for the day with an eagle at the 15th hole, a 550-yard par 5. Mickelson hit his drive there 358 yards, then hit his approach from 194 to 4 feet for the 3.

The two-time Waste Management Phoenix Open champ is now in command at 18 under, six strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley, who shot 63 Friday morning, and Bill Haas, who has three holes remaining.

And in case you were wondering, Mickelson's drive wasn't the longest in the desert air this week. Monday qualifier John Hurley and Scottsdale resident Bubba Watson both have drives in excess of 370 yards -- 377 and 375, to be exact.

 

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