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U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson remains in the hunt

June 17, 2011 | 12:29 pm

Yipps_600 Phil Mickelson, who played in the same threesome with red-hot Rory McIlroy and stone-cold Dustin Johnson, stayed in the hunt for second place with a 69 Friday, despite finding places on the course that the maintenance people have yet to see. Afterward, he was restrained in his praise of McIlroy.

“He’s striking it flawlessly and putted great on the greens,” Mickelson said. “His first two rounds were very impressive.”

Ah, yes.

It is understandably difficult to be effusive about somebody who has just driven a Mack Truck over you.
McIlroy was asked about Mickelson afterward, and may have damned him with faint praise.

“I couldn’t have shot near what he did today,” McIlroy said, “playing from all the places he had to.”


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Photo: Phil Mickelson. Credit: Allan Henry / U.S. Presswire.