Despite an erratic tee shot that lead to a poor out-of-bounds second shot on the 15th hole (finished with a double par) and a pulled approach shot on the 16th hole that hit a spectator in the head, Mickelson somehow finished with a 1-over-par 73 for the round and remains tied for the lead at 8-under overall with Nick Watney.
Watney didn’t fair much better which is why it’s so amazing that he’s tied for the lead. A day mixed with birdies and bogeys was capped off with an unusual shank on the 17th hole par-3 that lead to a double bogey on the hole and a 1-under-par for the round.
Mulligang.com top pick, McIlroy, who was coincidentally celebrating his 24th birthday, moved in the wrong direction finishing 1-over-par for the round due to his crappy putting. Key missed putts including seven from the 5-foot range or closer, moved McIlory five spots back on the leaderboard, but only 3-strokes behind the leaders and still within contention of winning his first tournament of the year.
A relatively flat day from the round 2 leaders has allowed the rest of the pack to get back into contention. Aside from McIroy, there are currently 16 other players who sit within 4-strokes of Mickelson & Watney, including: Lee Westwood (-6); DA Points and Kevin Streelman (-5); and Sergio Garcia, Bo Van Pelt, and Lucas Glover (-4).
Anyone’s tournament now…