Saturday, February 16, 2008

Phil Thrills at Riviera

When Tiger Woods has his "A Game" or even his "B Game," watching a golf tournament in which he is competing can get downright boring - unless you're Tiger of course. Tiger is not playing in this weekend's Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club here in Pacific Palisades, CA. So for one weekend at least, the world's #2 player Phil Mickelson and everyone else will have a fair shot at getting a W.

Fortunately for the L.A. golf fans, there have been several "Phil the Thrill" Mickelson sightings the past three days. Despite several erratic drives and iron shots, "Lefty" shot a one-under par 70 today to reach 11 under-par, taking a one stroke lead over Jeff Quinney going into the final round. Quinney started the day four strokes back, but actually briefly took the lead after birdieing two of his first five holes and then holing his tee shot on the 163 yard par-3 6th hole. Mickelson bogeyed the fourth hole, but then reclaimed a share of the lead with a birdie of his own on the 6th. Mickelson reclaimed sole possession of the lead on the par-5 11th hole as he birdies and Quinney bogeyed. The Mickelson lead remained two strokes until Quinney drained a 35-foot birdie put on the 18th hole. Final round coverage begins tomorrow at 3:00 ET/12 noon PT on your local CBS affiliate.


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