Mickelson misses chance at record

Posted: February 02, 2013

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson birdied the ninth hole a day too late and missed a chance to break the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water.

Mickelson followed his opening 60 with a 65 on Friday in the Phoenix Open to reach 17-under 125, a stroke off the tour record for the first two rounds of a tournament set by Pat Perez in the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and matched by David Toms at Colonial in 2011.

Mickelson tied the Phoenix Open record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.

European

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Overnight leader Richard Sterne made a birdie on the 18th hole to take a 1-shot lead over Thorbjorn Olesen and two others after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

No Tournament of Hope

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - The South African golf tournament claiming to be among the richest anywhere outside the United States and a challenger to some of the world's top events has been indefinitely postponed. Organizers said the Tournament of Hope, which was to have prize money of $8.5 million, won't take place in November as planned and has been "put on hold for the foreseeable future" after failing to secure sponsorship.

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