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Mickelson continues to roll at Riviera

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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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Lexi Thompson signs multi-year endorsement deal to play Bridgestone ball

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Lexi Thompson, who currently plays Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball, will now do so in an official capacity. The company announced today it inked the 22-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner had been playing Bridgestone’s B330-S for the past two seasons.

“I’ve used Bridgestone for years and the new Tour B product is shockingly good,” said Thompson. “It gives me tremendous distance off the tee without sacrificing any performance around the green. What’s more, I feel confident hitting any type of shot the situation calls for.”

“When I’m testing a golf ball, I look for three things – distance, accuracy and feel,” said Thompson. “For me, the new Tour B delivered in spades. I’ve never played anything that has responded so positively to any situation the golf course throws at me.”

Bridgestone’s Tour B Series includes four models–X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99). The company leveraged data from more than three million consumer ball fittings, as well as third-party insights and Bridgestone’s own resources, to create the four-ball lineup.

RELATED: Bridgestone’s Tour B balls were designed with the player in mind

Bridgestone’s professional staff includes, among others, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Sergio’s switch to Callaway in our forums

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his second-place finish at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Joining him in the field are notables John Daly, Brian Harman, last week’s Sony Open champion Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

Check out our photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge below!

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