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September 20 2013

5:17 PM

Mickelson: Best he's felt since Open

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Mickelson shot a 3-under 67 Friday at East Lake.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- It took 27 holes, but Phil Mickelson finally found some rhythm Friday at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

It also helped that he made a couple of long birdie putts -- first from 19 feet on the par-4 13th, followed by a 33-footer on the next hole.

Mickelson added one more and shot a 3-under 67 to get to 2 under entering the weekend at East Lake.

"I let a number of shots go on the first 27 holes," he said. "Then it clicked right back in. Just a slight setup adjustment, and I started to feel really good with it.

"Since the British Open, this is the best I've felt with my golf swing, the best I've felt with a putter."

Entering the week, Mickelson was sixth in FedExCup points, meaning he'd need at least a little help to win the FedExCup even if he were to win the tournament.

He might have left himself too far back of leader Henrik Stenson, who is 10 under, but he said he expects to play well on the weekend.

"I was able to stop worrying about mechanics and start feeling the shots, feeling the swing, hitting shots again," Mickelson said. "That's why I'm looking forward to the next 36. I know I'm far back, but I think I'm going to make a pretty good run."

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