FORT WORTH, Texas Phil Mickelson is carrying five different wedges in his bag at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He's used every one of them very effectively.
Along with his putter.
Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under 68 in Friday's second round to take the lead at 7-under 133. The world's No. 2-ranked player led Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by one stroke.
"It was probably the best putting round I've had all year," said Mickelson, who needed only 25 putts.
That's because Mickelson kept setting himself up with the short clubs. From the fairways, the rough and the bunkers.Only four of his one-putts were 9 feet or longer (the longest was 18 feet). Three of those came at Nos. 3-5, the trio of holes known as Colonial's "horrible horseshoe" because of the difficulty and layout of that stretch, where he hit his approach into greenside bunkers each time and saved par. That was part of his final nine holes.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: At Rochester, N.Y. , closing with a 25-foot putt for birdie, Tom Purtzer put a dent in Oak Hill Country Club's stingy reputation to take the lead after the second round of the 69th Senior PGA Championship on Friday.
Purtzer, a five-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under 67 to go to even-par 140 for the tournament. That put him one up on Jay Haas, the first-round leader, who shot a 2-over 72, and Massy Kuramoto, who finished the day with a round of 2-under.
Mark O'Meara scored the tournament's low round of 66 to jump into a tie for fourth with Bernhard Langer at 142 in the $2 million event.
While temperatures warmed to above 60 on Friday after a bone-chilling and wet opening round, a tricky and persistent wind played havoc with competitors along the East Course's narrow and well-protected fairways.Purtzer was one of only eight players to post a sub-par round in the first two days, including Haas' 1-under on Thursday.
BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: At Virginia Water, England, Paul McGinley finished birdie-eagle for a 6-under 66 Friday and set a record 36-hole total to lead by four strokes at the BMW PGA Championship.
The Irish Ryder Cup player took advantage of softer conditions on the West Course at Wentworth to move to 13-under 131, putting some distance between himself and Robert Karlsson and Miles Tunnicliff going into the weekend.
The list of those not making the cut included third-ranked Ernie Els, whose 73 for a 4-over total of 148 was three over the cut line. It was only the second time in 13 appearances that Els had missed the cut, the other coming in his debut year of 1992.Colin Montgomerie also missed the cut for the first time since his first appearance in 1989. Montgomerie, playing here for the 20th consecutive year, shot 75 and was also 4-over. Others who missed the cut included Justin Rose, who lost in a playoff last year, Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal and Michael Campbell.
LPGA CORNING CLASSIC: At Corning, N.Y., on a seesaw day, Dina Ammaccapane liked what she saw when it was over.
Ammaccapane, who had six birdies and three bogeys, shot her second straight 69 Friday to gain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic.
Ammaccapane, winless since joining the tour full-time two decades ago and non-exempt this year, was at 6-under 138. First-round leader Erica Blasberg (74), Janice Moodie (68), Wendy Ward (70) and Katie Futcher (69) were one shot back.
Two-time Corning winner Rosie Jones, who came out of retirement to help celebrate the tournament's 30th anniversary, followed her opening 74 with a 76 and missed the cut in her first appearance on tour since the 2006 U.S. Open.