Mickelson, Furyk leading the way
Phil Mickelson is so enthused about how well he is hitting the ball that he was looking forward to tough, windy conditions along the ocean yesterday at Pebble Beach.
He didn't get what he wanted but had few complaints.
Mickelson only had to cope with the cold and rain, but not much wind, as he sailed to a 5-under-par 67 and a share of the second-round lead at 132 with Jim Furyk in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am.
"It was a good day. We got a pretty good draw," Mickelson said. "It was a little windy the last three or four holes, but I'm not going to complain. We had a great day to take advantage of scoring."
Furyk also was pleased to see the flags drooping instead of flapping when he arrived at Poppy Hills. The rain was brief and light, and he birdied all but one of the par 5s on his way to a 65.
"I think we got out of it pretty good today," Furyk said. "Hoping for the same tomorrow."
Furyk and Mickelson had a three-shot lead over rookie John Mallinger (70) and Kevin Sutherland, who turned in the best round of the dreary afternoon by firing off 10 birdies for a 63 at Spyglass Hill.
Davis Love made a quiet climb into contention with a 67--137 at Pebble Beach, and Tom Watson, 57, fired a 68--138 on the same course.
Champions: Craig Stadler eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead in the
Stadler, 53, had a bogey-free round.
Mark James, the 53-year-old English player making his first start of the year, was second after a bogey-free 64.
European: Thai teenager Chinarat Phadungsil shot a 5-under-par 67 to take the second-round clubhouse lead in the rain-disrupted Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur.
Chinarat, 18, held a two-stroke lead over a group of five players. Nearly 80 players will complete their second round this morning.
Spokesman Jesse Derris said the 17-year-old injured her left wrist this week and that her doctors expect it will take 4-6 weeks to heal.
The injury raises questions about whether Wie will recover in time for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major, which starts March 29.