It was a rocky start for Phil Mickelson on Saturday -- it always is, though, isn't it? -- as he went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie early in the second round of the St. Jude Classic.
Mickelson recovered a bit, however, and went on to shoot a solid 68 and, at 5 under, put himself solidly in contention at T8 after the end of the second round.
Wait, the end of the second round? Correct, the tournament was delayed because of weather on Friday and half the field didn't even start the second round until Saturday morning, Mickelson among them.
Anyway, back to Mickelson's round. It's the first time he has gone back to back in the 60s since the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2013.
Phil Mickelson cards 2nd round 68 - 1st time he's opened @PGATOUR event with cons. rounds in 60's in more than a year.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 7, 2014
Still, Mickelson is seven strokes back of leader Ben Crane.
I think we all know this isn't much more than a warmup for the US Open next week at Pinehurst for Phil, though. So, how's that going?
"It's close enough." -Phil Mickelson on @GolfChannel when asked if he's seeing what he needs to see in his game to be ready for US Open— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) June 7, 2014
It might actually be a good thing for the big Lefty that his mind is probably already on that big tournament next week. He might accidentally win this week's event as a result.