With preferred lies in effect, Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Safeway Open to wrap up his second appearance on 14-under 274, up one place to T9 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson ended up in a five-way T8, and of the 12 players who finished in the top 10, he was the ONLY player to emerge from the LATE/early part of the draw.
The 46-year-old, making his 549th career start, has only teed it up at the Safeway on one other occasion, missing the cut at the 2007 inaugural at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, where he's a member. The California native and resident began the finale on 9-under (T10), six in arrears to 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire. He split a week-best nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.651 SG: Putting. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 19 birdies (five in R4), against seven bogeys.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 08:17:00 PM