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TUCSON, Ariz – Mike Weir did a back nine birdie binge to take control of the Cologuard Classic

Phil Mickelson waded into the mud for the second day in a row and has to dig out a deep hole if he is to make history

Weir shot a 5-under-67 to build a 2-shot lead in the Cologuard Classic on Saturday, and Mickelson had plenty of ground to win his third straight start in the PGA TOUR Champions

“I can’t remember a time shooting so many shots near the hole,” Weir said. “I really took a lot of shots that were tapped almost all the way out of the tap-in on my wedges were very good, even the medium iron clearance was very good and I ride it well “

Weir shot 66 in the opening round and had eight birdies in windy conditions in the tricky Tucson National. The Canadian left-hander was under at 13, Kevin Sutherland went into the finals in second

Tim Petrovic became the second player in PGA TOUR Champions history to score a hole-in-one with an ace at No. 1 had 14 He was 8 under after a 67

Mickelson aims to be the first player to win his first three career starts on a PGA TOUR-approved tour.The five-time main champion was nine shots back after a 72 that included a second straight day of finishing at No. 1 struck out of the mud 15

Mickelson was the last amateur to win a PGA TOUR event 30 years ago at the age of 20 in Tucson, but he burned the edges of the holes for two days on his return

“I really don’t know what to say other than it was just a little wrong the whole time,” he said. “I thought I made a lot of good punches that just didn’t run out and I just couldn’t score”Obviously I scored terribly today and relative to the way I played”

Lefty hit the big wash, dissecting the course for the second straight day and pulling a run on the par-5 second after doing the same on No. 1 had done 13 Friday He had a distance of three birdies on four holes after the double bowey on No. 2 and another on the par-5-12As he paced up and down the green from a bunker

Mickelson beat in the opening round on Friday on the 15th Par 5 out of the mud after a 5 iron rolled farther than expected and trickled into the pond on the right side of the dogleg He hit the rider on the second round and ended with the same result when his ball landed on the fairway and hit right hard

Mickelson left his shoes on for his Friday round mud shot and did a 4-foot birdie putt after hurling him out, opting to take off his shoes for his second muddy round and had one more birdie chance even though he had sprayed himself with mud just to see the putt slide through the hole

“I’m doing something wrong so I have to fix this,” he said, “I don’t know what to say I hit two really good shots that both ended up in the water. I can easily play left more but then come I don’t go there Then I can’t get the second shot there and I try to do a 4 “

Weir shot 1:35 on the top nine before making a birdie binge The 2003 Masters champion ran a series of seven birdies in eight holes to start the back nine, but a pull approach Shot on the par 4-18 resulted in a bogey

Petrovic had an ace at # 16 in the opening round and drew rare aces at 186-yard 14 on consecutive days Saturday Petrovic raised his hands in the air as the handful of fans cheered, then curled up in a fetal position on the tee box after seeing another unlikely ace

The only other PGA TOUR Champions player with aces in consecutive rounds was Graham Marsh at the 2004 Senior British Open

“I heard someone say,” Go in “and I said,” No, it can’t – there’s no way, I only had one yesterday, and it’s been six years since I had that “, Petrovic said “I just fell to the floor and then somehow got into the fetal position, that’s all I can do”

Scott Parel was three shots away from the lead with five birdies after a bogey-free 67

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