Phil Mickelson shoots wild 67, is three back heading to Sunday

Phil Mickelson goes for his sixth major on Sunday at Valhalla. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson goes for his sixth major on Sunday at Valhalla. (Getty Images)

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Phil Mickelson took us on a ride on Saturday, as Phil Mickelson is known to do.

He birdied two of his first seven holes before fading early on the back nine with two bogeys and then invigorating the Louisville crowds with birdies on four of his last five holes to shoot a third-round 67.

The last birdie, on No. 18, was nearly an eagle.

Here's a look:

And here's Lefty's card:

It was everything you want from a Mickelson major round: Crazy wedge shots, violent tee shots, thumbs flying at the gallery -- it was vintage Lefty.

"I don't know what to say," Mickelson told CBS after his round. "I struggled there at Nos. 10-13. That birdie putt at No. 14 was the one that got me going because I needed to finish strong to get back in it."

Which he did. He trails leader Rory McIlroy by just three as they head to Sunday's final round at Valhalla.

"Things started to kind of click. All the things just started to come together and then I'm more patient. I don't have to go out and force things and show up on the first tee wondering if my game's going to be there."

It's been wild to watch Phil this year. He really hasn't had much to his game stateside until this week and then it's all come together at once.

While the 25-year-old McIlroy will go for major No. 4 on Sunday, the 44-year-old Mickelson will go for No. 6. He only has one PGA Championship to his name and you know he'd love to beat McIlroy and his buddy (and Sunday playing partner) Rickie Fowler for No. 2.

When asked on Sunday what he was hoping for from his competition, Phil gave a terrific answer.

"Hopefully more nervous and more pressure, a little tight around the collar," he said. "That's what I'm hoping for. I don't know if that will happen, though."

He went on to say he hadn't put everything totally together for 18 holes yet.

He'll need to on Sunday to take down McIlroy.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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