Phil Mickelson had a double-bogey six on his final hole Friday in the second round of the Phoenix Open to miss tying the PGA Tour's lowest 36-hole total.
After he birdied the short par-four No. 17, he was in position with a par at the 18th to break the 36-hole record of 17-under 124. Instead, he hit his tee shot at TPC Scottsdale's No. 18 into the water and finished with a six-under-par 65 on Friday, good for a four-shot lead over Bill Haas and five better than Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker.
Mickelson flirted with a 59 on Thursday, but settled for an 11-under 60 when his putt at No. 9 -- the final hole of his first round -- lipped out. He could have had a commanding lead Friday with a par at No. 18, though.
“Unfortunately, I made a double on the last hole and didn't finish the way I wanted to,” Mickelson said. “But I think it's a good example of what can happen on this course. You can make a lot of birdies and eagles, make up a lot of ground, but there's a lot of water and trouble there that if you misstep you can easily make bogeys and double.”