Phil Mickelson nearly breaks course record at Wells Fargo Championship
Phil Mickelson shot a 63 at Quail Hollow on Saturday to assume the lead at the time his round ended.
Phil Mickelson watched what Rory McIlroy did with a 65 early Saturday morning at the Wells Fargo Championship and said, "I can do two better."
That's right, Mickelson shot a 63 and narrowly missed breaking a course record (62) shared by McIlroy (2010) and Brendon de Jonge (on Friday).
Mickelson actually made the turn at 29 and was staring a 59 between the eyes. I mean look at this front nine!
Lefty "fell apart" on the back, though, and had to "settle" for a 63 and the lead as Travis Haney pointed out:
It was a bummer of a 63 for Phil, if there's such a thing. Was marching toward course record, but putter went cold. pic.twitter.com/vgreIgF3di— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) May 3, 2014
Mickelson led by one at the end of his round and will likely find himself at or within striking distance of the lead once the dust settles on Saturday.
That's good news if you're a golf fan, too, because a Mickelson-McIlroy or Mickelson-Justin Rose duel on Sunday is the injection the sport has been waiting for all season.
The thumbs will be flying on Sunday.
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