FORT WORTH, Texas — Phil Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under 68 in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational Friday 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.
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.