Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Mickelson survives the cut in Phoenix

Tiger Woods was in a tie for 44th after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods was in a tie for 44th after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic. ROSS KINNAIRD / Getty Images
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson made it to the weekend in the Phoenix Open. Another popular lefthander and a fellow former Arizona State player set the pace.

A week after withdrawing from Torrey Pines because of back pain, Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 in his afternoon round Friday at cool and breezy TPC Scottsdale. The defending champion was 8 strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Matt Jones.

"I'm not totally out of it," Mickelson said. "Obviously, heading into the weekend, I'd like to be closer, but as we have seen in the past, there is that 8-, 9-, 10-, in some cases 11-under par round out there." Indeed, the three-time champion has shot 11-under 60 twice in the event, in the second round in his 2005 victory and last year in the first round.

Dubai Desert Classic

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Rory McIlroy hit a wedge into 5 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 to regain the outright lead in the Dubai Desert Classic.

The chief challenge for McIlroy came from an American - but it wasn't Tiger Woods.

Brooks Koepka, who earned his European Tour card last year by winning three times on the Challenge Tour, made seven birdies against no bogeys for a 65 that left him 1 shot behind McIlroy going into the weekend.

Woods, meanwhile, hit only four fairways and had to rely on some key putts to salvage a 73.

Associated Press
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