Saturday, February 16, 2008

Golf News: Northern Trust Open Day 3 Wrap

Phil Mickelson held off a strong challenge from fellow American Jeff Quinney to grab a one-shot lead after Saturday's third round at the Northern Trust Open.

Four strokes ahead of the field overnight, Mickelson fired a one-under-par 70 in firm, fast conditions at Riviera Country Club to post an 11-under total of 202.

Former U.S. amateur champion Quinney joined Mickelson at the top of the leaderboard with an ace at the par-three sixth before slipping back into second place with a 67.

American John Rollins was a further four shots back at six under after shooting a six-birdie 69 on a breezy, sun-drenched day.

World number two Mickelson, in pursuit of his 33rd PGA Tour title but his first at Riviera, made a faltering start when he three-putted for bogey at the par-three fourth.

His playing partner Quinney had birdied the first and fifth, where he rolled in a 21-footer, and briefly snatched the outright lead with his spectacular ace at the sixth.

His tee shot pitched on the raised back portion of the green before his ball rolled down the slope and dropped into the cup. Quinney raised his arms skywards in celebration before sharing high fives with Mickelson and his caddie.

Mickelson, who struck his tee shot to six feet, then sank his birdie putt to regain a share of the lead...

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