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Mickelson continues to roll at Riviera

by   |   February 18, 2012
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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

Phil Mickelson shot a second-round 70 to remain one stroke ahead of the field at the Northern Trust Open.

Mickelson spun a hooked lob wedge from 110 yards into the hole for eagle on the 8th hole, which would have been the shot of the day if not for Joe Ogilvie’s ace on the 161-yard 16th hole.

“I’ve got to go out and shoot some low scores because they’re out there, but I gave myself a good opportunity, which is what’s so fun about competing and playing the Tour is those opportunities on the weekend,” Mickelson said.

Pat Perez is in second place after firing a bogey-free 65, tying Jarrod Lyle for low round of the day. Perez hit  only 12 greens and five fairways, but took just 25 putts in the round.

“I didn’t hit it like you’d think I would,” Perez said. “I didn’t drive it all that great. I just scrambled well.  I put myself in the right places to make par or birdie.”

Matt Kuchar, Carl Pettersson, Jimmy Walker, Jarrod Lyle and Jonathan Byrd are two shots back at 4-under. Kuchar is looking for his first top 10 finish at Riviera in six starts.

Kuchar was stung by a bee while lining up a six-foot birdie putt on the sixth green, causing him some discomfort throughout the round.

“I haven’t been stung by a bee in probably 20 years,” Kuchar said. “I had stopped being scared of bees as a matter of fact. The thing got me, and it was really painful. It was not much fun.”

Another player not having much fun was Anthony Kim. Kim was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after marking down a bogey five on the seventh hole instead of a double-bogey six. It’s another black mark for Kim as he tries to come back from a thumb injury, which derailed his 2011 season. Kim has yet to make a cut in 2012.

The second round was suspended due to darkness with eight players still having holes to finish. Round three will be televised on CBS starting at 3 p.m. EST.

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