It’s Day 3 at Masters, and keep an eye on Mickelson

Don't let this picture fool you: Phil Mickelson is near the leaders. (AP photo)

Don't let this picture fool you: Phil Mickelson is near the leaders. (AP photo)

AUGUSTA — I’ll take a shot here: Phil Mickelson.

The Brits, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, are at the top of the Masters’ leaderboard at 8-under-136. Tiger Woods is only two shots back and his galleries dwarf all others combined. Oldies Fred Couples and Tom Watson are hanging on.

Notice how nobody is talking about Mickelson?

Nine players shot under par in both rounds. Will one win the Masters?

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He has put together two solid rounds: 67 and 71. He knows Augusta National as well as anybody, this being his 18th Masters. He has won twice and has six other top five finishes. Mickelson, whose wife has been battling breast cancer over the past year, has not had a great season: one top 10 finish, at Pebble Beach, in seven tournaments. But his game is rounding into shape here and his putting has been strong.

“I’m two back, I’m in third place and I feel like I’m right on the cusp of having a really good round,” he said. “I’ve putted and rolled the ball so good these last few days and caught so many lips, as soon as a couple of those 12-, 15-footers start to fall, I think I can get in the mid-60s.”

If I’m picking one, Woods’ strong play notwithstanding, I’m going with Mickelson.  He tees off today at 2:15 with Y.E. Yang.

Do you agree, or are you looking at somebody else to win this weekend?

20 comments Add your comment

Lee Lockridge

April 10th, 2010
1:16 pm

I wouldn’t bet against Mickelson. He seems mighty relaxed and he’s booming off the tee so far. On another topic, thanks to you and Rhonda Cook for the blurb regarding the FAA’s grounding of the ‘Tiger banner’ plane. A little disappointing that the editors chose to bury it on page 8. The arrogance of Billy Payne and his boys borders on the criminal, and may have crossed the line in this case. These guys say jump and the FAA apparently says ‘How high?’ The two questions you posed in the piece are exactly to the point; and they are serious questions, not some little amusing sidebar to the big Tiger story. Please use your access and position to follow up on those questions and get the public some answers.

MightyQuinn

April 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

If someone, anyone besides Tiger wins, I will feel somewhat sorry for them because it will be diminished by the press asking the winner, “What about Tiger?” That said, “Go Lefty!”

MightyQuinn

April 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

BTW, second!

Art

April 10th, 2010
1:47 pm

I would love to see Phil take it… He’s due.

Tiger Basher

April 10th, 2010
2:00 pm

Phil with a chance to win? I didn’t know anyone else was even playing in this tournament. The media certainly hasn’t acknowledged such. Ian Poulter has been playing superb golf. You wouldn’t even know he was on top of the leader board. Media is going to have a lot of catching up to do when Tiger doesn’t win. Maybe they can concentrate on his upcoming HGH/steroid controversy after this is all over.

Sam

April 10th, 2010
2:03 pm

Did you know that Tiger Woods hasn’t won a Masters title in 5 years? I wondered, how many other golfers have gone that long between wins. I found the answer surprising.

http://www.pacificnorthwestcoastbias.com/is-it-too-late-for-tiger/

EMT-IV

April 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

Don’t worry Phil will blow up on Sunday. I’m not a Phil hater it’s just his way.

Mike

April 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

Phil has man boobs. Go Tiger.

C3 Jim

April 10th, 2010
2:26 pm

The story of Tiger COULD be the story of redemption…pulling for him on the course and praying for him off the course.
http://c3journey.com/

vinny dileo

April 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

phil class act, great for the game ,great family man.a great man,father ,husband,great admiration, good luck phil YOU CAN DO IT”’

Cracker Jacket

April 10th, 2010
5:13 pm

Hope on one bends over to pick up their golf ball in front of Tiger!

Reid Adair

April 10th, 2010
6:03 pm

Brilliant, Jeff. Through 16, Phil Mickelson is -12, with a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood.

Greg Daigle

April 10th, 2010
6:32 pm

Nice call Jeff. Let’s hope he keeps it up!

Ted Striker

April 10th, 2010
6:40 pm

You are a soothsayer thus far. Enjoy your day tomorrow.

Bob Horner stayed hurt

April 10th, 2010
7:42 pm

Jeff’s a genious…..nice blog there Jeffie….good stuff

Innocent Bystander

April 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

Wanna go ahead and write an article about how Jason Heyward is gonna hit 50 HRs on the way to a 100-win season for the Braves?

Bob Horner stayed hurt

April 10th, 2010
8:15 pm

Did anybody else besides me hear Tiger use the Lords name in vain….or did I just imagine that. (You suck Tiger..GD..) that was was the quote I heard..from the cheetah himself I think on #6..was I hearing things..???? also when Verne Lundquist said “some things never chane..” was that shot at Tiger..????

Dbalcer

April 10th, 2010
8:26 pm

I was rooting for Lefty from the get go. He is a classy player. If he doesn’t win I would like to see Couples pull it out.

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