Mickelson Storms Into Contention at Quail Hollow
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Mickelson looking for his first win at Quail Hollow

Phil Mickelson hasn’t let several wayward tee shots get in his way at Quail Hollow. He surged up the leaderboard on Friday, firing a bogey-free six-under 66 in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

“Today was a lot more fun because yesterday was an important round because when I didn’t quite have it, to be able to salvage pars, keep myself around par, a couple under, so that if I get a day like today where I was playing well, it moves me up the leaderboard,” he said. “Today was really a fun day. Putts went in early, and it’s going to be a fun weekend.”

After the first round, Mickelson, who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy last year, mentioned needing to drive the ball better if he was going to get himself into contention for the weekend. Well, apparently not. Mickelson hit one more on Friday than Thursday. Despite hitting only 11 fairways in 36 holes, he’s nine-under.

Oh, he’s also knocked three balls in the water. How has he managed to control the damage? Well, because he’s Phil — and he loves the course set up (though he’s had some harsh words for the greens in the past).

“The thing I love about this course is that the trees are very tight,” said Mickelson after his round on Thursday. “But with the rough being kind of first cut or a little longer than first cut, you can recover.

“You can hit shots. You can try different things, try to get out and around these trees, and it makes for fun, exciting golf because you can see what I think is the most exciting golf, which is the recovery shot.”

He’s certainly had plenty of practice!

While the afternoon wave is just getting underway, Phil is currently solo second, one shot behind first-round leader Bill Haas, who shot two-under 70 today.

Play was suspended for about 90 minutes on Friday morning due to inclement weather in the area.

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)