Phil Mickelson shoots 68 at St. Jude Classic, remains in the mix

Phil Mickelson is jolly after a second-round 68. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson is jolly after a second-round 68. (Getty Images)

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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.

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 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.

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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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