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The Tour Report

March 30 2013

1:33 PM

Mickelson makes up ground

Watch above: Phil Mickelson was all smiles after birdieing the 18th Saturday at Redstone.


It wasn't quite the 63 that he shot in 2011 to pull away from the field, but Phil Mickelson had his best round of the week on Saturday.

Mickelson birdied two of the last three holes -- including the long 18th -- to post 67 and move into the top 10 just before the leaders teed off.

I feel like it's getting better each day and that's what I was hoping for," Mickelson said. "I feel like I'll have a low one tomorrow.  I'm not sure how far back I'll be, but I feel like I've got a low round in me tomorrow."

As Jonathan Wall reported Friday, Mickelson has been testing a new 3-wood this week at Redstone. Just as importantly, Mickelson has gone back to a regular putting grip after using a claw version off and on.

"I have a tendency with the regular grip to get my hands way ahead," Mickelson said. "With the set-up and the putter and having putted with the claw for awhile, I feel very comfortable with the regular grip and I'm in the proper position because of it."