Phil Mickelson eagles the last to move into contention at Valhalla
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


2005 PGA Champion Phil Mickelson is beginning to play like one of the best players in the world. He moved into contention after recording four birdies and an eagle on the finishing hole to shoot a four-under 67. At six-under total, Lefty is three strokes behind Rory McIlroy.

Mickelson said, “It was a long day, but for me it was a good day. I fought hard, I didn’t get off to the greatest start, [but] was patient with the round. It came to me a little bit there in the middle. To shoot 4‑under puts me in good position for the weekend.”

The poor start included a bogey on the 4th hole, but Phil came back with birdies on 7, 9, and 10 to get his round going. He went birdie-bogey on 14 and 15 before sending a charge into the crowd with a 10-foot eagle putt on 18.

Phil said, “It’s a great way to finish. I was hoping to at least make birdie there and get to 5, get to within four shots. That eagle was a bonus. After a long day, it was a really nice way to finish.”

The five-time major champ also thinks he can track down the World no. 1. “Obviously Rory is playing great golf. There’s a lot of guys at 4, 5, 6, 7‑under par right there. Out of that group, somebody is going to get hot. I think that I have a hot round in me, too.”

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–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)