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Humana Challenge: Phil Mickelson unlikely to make cut

January 20, 2012 | 12:34 pm


Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of the Humana Challenge golf tournament in La Quinta, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, has a double bogey, a bogey, three birdies and four pars on the first nine holes of his second round Friday.

Mickelson is playing the PGA West Nicklaus course, and his tournament total of two-over-par leaves him, so far, tied for 135th and not looking good to make the cut after Saturday's third round, much less to win his opening tournament of 2012.

Ben Crane, who has finished in the top 10 here only once in eight appearances, has the hot round of the day so far. He's six-under through 13 holes on the PGA West Palmer course and is 13-under for the tournament, two shots ahead of David Toms, who was a co-leader with Camilo Villegas after the first round. Villegas is one-under so far and is now three shots out of the lead at 10-under for the tournament.

Harris English, a PGA Tour rookie who earned his card by finishing tied for 13th at the tour qualifying tournament, is also working on a round of six-under. He's through nine holes on the PGA West Nicklaus course and is tied for eighth overall.


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-- Diane Pucin in La Quinta

Photo: Phil Mickelson. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images.