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The Tour Report

February 3 2013

4:21 PM

Mickelson birdies 13th to lead by 4

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandt Snedeker faced quite a challenge at the par-5 13th when his drive landed underneath a branch of a jumping cholla cactus.

Complicating the issue was Phil Mickelson, who played first and put his second shot from 271 yards on the green for a 40-foot eagle try. But Snedeker really didn't have much choice -- and there are birdie holes remaining -- so he opted to take his medicine and the unplayable lie.

Snedeker then hit his third shot into the right greenside bunker. He blasted out to 4 feet and made the putt for par but he lost ground on Mickelson, who two-putted for his fourth birdie of the week on the 13th hole.

Mickelson is now 26 under and four strokes ahead of his playing partner. Scott Piercy and Ryan Moore are 20 under with four and five holes remaining, respectively.