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The Tour Report

September 8 2012

12:25 PM

Low round in sight for Mickelson

CARMEL, Ind. – Phil Mickelson shot a second-round 67 and figured he left “five, six, seven shots on the green.” But he did roll in his last putt from 7 feet for birdie, and he feels good about his chances heading into Saturday’s third round.

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“I have a good taste heading into the weekend,” said Mickelson, who is 8 under through 36 holes, five shots behind leader Vijay Singh. “I feel like I’m really close to a really hot round.”

Mickelson was please with his ball-striking on Friday, as he hit 14 of 18 greens. He said if his putter had cooperated, he would’ve already had the hot round that he needs now.

But he still remains confident in the modified claw grip that he began using on the greens during the FedExCup Playoffs.

“I have a lot less stress,” Mickelson said. “The ball starts on line and a lot softer. The face is square throughout the entire stroke. There’s no opening or closing, so consequently I hit them a lot on line.

“I’ll have to get a little better touch from 8 to 15 feet because that’s where you can really get them going on these greens. They’re just perfect.”

Phil Mickelson tees off at 12:55 p.m. ET. You can follow his round on Shot Tracker by clicking here