Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, January 30, 2011
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Phil Mickelson found the trick to playing the revamped South Course at Torrey Pines and left himself one round away from winning on a course that once felt like home.
Going against his nature, Mickelson played it safe again Saturday and wound up with a 4-under 68 to share the lead with Bill Haas going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Haas missed a 4-foot putt par putt on the last hole for a 71.
It has been 10 years since Mickelson won his third title at Torrey Pines, a public course he grew up playing in San Diego.
Tiger Woods, who has not lost a tournament at Torrey Pines since 2004, shot himself out of the tournament with careless mistakes. Woods had a 2-over 74, ending his streak of 21 rounds at par or better on the South Course in PGA Tour events. He was eight shots behind, his largest 54-hole deficit at Torrey since 2004.
Even with his longtime nemesis out of the way, Mickelson doesn’t see an easy path to winning.
Haas is coming off a two-win season in 2010, and lost in a playoff a week ago at the Bob Hope Classic. He kept making enough birdies to keep in front of Mickelson, including a 25-foot putt on the 15th, the toughest on the course. They were at 12-under 204.
Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson each made eagle on the par-5 18th to shoot 69 and were one shot behind.
Champions Skins Game
KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) — Bernhard Langer made an 8-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole for four skins and $120,000, giving the German star and partner Mark O’Meara in the Champions Skins Game.
Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw, the 2009 winners, were second with $80,000 after the first nine holes in the two-day, 18-hole event. Zoeller made a bending 20-foot birdie putt on the eighth for two skins.
Defending champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson won the first two skins when Nicklaus hit his iron shot to 2 feet on No. 2 and Watson tapped in for $60,000.
Fred Couples and Nick Price were shut out on the first nine at Royal Kaanapali.
With a $40,000 carryover from No. 9, $510,000 was available on the back nine Sunday.
RIFFA, Bahrain (AP) — England’s Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the third-round lead with Sweden’s Peter Hanson in the Volvo Champions.
Hanson shot a 67 to match Casey at 16-under 200 on The Royal Golf Club’s Montgomerie Course. Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke and James Kingston were a stroke back after 67s.