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Northern Trust Open: Phil Mickelson opens two-shot lead

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The first round of the Northern Trust Open, which had been halted by darkness Thursday, was completed Friday morning and the second round has begun, and first-round leader Phil Mickelson has already increased his advantage at Riviera Country Club.

Through his first seven holes, Mickelson is one-under par Friday and six-under for the tournament, two shots ahead of Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson. Cink is two-under through six holes of his second round Friday.

After bogeying the par-three 16th hole Thursday, Mickelson, who started on the back nine Friday, has birdied that hole in his second round.

The 30 players who had didn't finish their rounds Thursday had to start at 7 a.m. Friday. Among them were Pettersson and Troy Matteson, who both finished at three-under 68 and officially tied for fourth after the first round.

As evidence of how Thursday morning's gusty winds, which neared 40 miles per hour at times, affected the scoring, the average first-round score for groups who teed off in the morning was 73.76, while  for afternoon groupings, when the wind started to ease, the average was 72.93.

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-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot from the second hole during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on Thursday. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press

Northern Trust Open: Mickelson birdies 18th for one-shot lead

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Phil Mickelson birdied his final hole Thursday, the 18th, to take a one-shot lead over Hunter Mahan, who was born in Orange,  and J.B. Holmes in the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Mickelson shot a five-under-par 66. Mahan birdied  four of his last five holes to shoot a 67 and tie Holmes.

Mickelson is trying to win for the second week in a row on the PGA Tour.

He shot a final-round 64 on Sunday to take the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am while playing in the final group with Tiger Woods.

Sunday is a long way off, but Mickelson has won consecutive tournaments three times in his career.

The last player to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour was Woods, who did it in 2009 at the Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational.

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Photo: Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the second hole Thursday during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press

Northern Trust Open: Phil Mickelson's hot streak continuing

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Phil Mickelson has played 11 holes of his first round at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club Thursday and so far his golf continues to be in a good place.

Mickelson, who won last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, is in second through his first 11 holes Thursday, four under par and a shot behind leader J.B. Holmes, who has played 12 holes at five-under so far.

Also playing well so far in the first round is Sergio Garcia of Spain. Garcia, who last played here in 2008 and whose best finish in his six appearances here was a sixth-place finish in 2007, is two-under through 11 holes.

Defending champion Aaron Baddeley has finished his opening round with a two-over par 73.

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Photo: Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the second hole Thursday during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press

Northern Trust Open: Luke Donald, Bubba Watson in

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With wind gusts reported as strong as 35 miles per hour, the golfing has been an adventure so far Thursday during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. The people who carry the signs with the scores of golfers in each group have been called in because it's hard to hold those things in the wind.

Luke Donald, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer, and Bubba Watson, who has never better than 114th in this event, are both finished with their first rounds at one-under-par 70. The early leader, with a three-under 68, is Jonathan Byrd.

Afternoon tee times are running about 25 minutes late because of the winds, so Phil Mickelson, who won here in 2008 and 2009 and who is coming in off his first win of 2012 at Pebble Beach last week, hasn't teed off yet. Fred Couples, the popular two-time champion, began his round with a birdie on the par-five first hole.

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Photo: Bubba Watson watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club onThursday. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images

Northern Trust Open: Watney, Choi and Byrd off to fast starts

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Nick Watney, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour last year, Jonathan Byrd and K.J. Choi, were off to quick early starts as the first round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club got underway Thursday morning.

The three were two-under par so far; Watney and Byrd were through five holes and Choi through six.

Phil Mickelson, who is coming off his big win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday, tees off at 12:12 p.m. and Fred Couples, who was second by only a stroke to last year's winner, Aaron Baddeley, goes off at 12:01.

Baddeley did not have quite as good a start, though. He was having trouble in the windy conditions that have overtaken the course early in the day and was three-over par through four holes.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Nick Watney at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament on Feb. 9. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Pebble Beach: Phil Mickelson wins, Tiger Woods fades

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Phil Mickelson, who made par putts of 31 and 38 feet, also made some birdies as he won his fourth AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title Sunday and his 40th PGA Tour title.

Mickelson, whose wife, Amy, was teary-eyed in the crowd, shot an eight-under-par 64, the best round of the day.

"This feels just amazing," said Mickelson, who won $1.152 million. "It feels awesome and hopefully it's just one of a few to come this year because I'm starting to feel pretty good."

Mickelson was playing in the second-to-last group with Tiger Woods, who shot a 75 and finished tied for 15th at eight under after surging into third place Saturday, a shot ahead of Mickelson. But Mickelson's play Sunday seemed to demoralize Woods, whose body language by the finish was that of a man who didn't much like the game.

"I didn't hit it as bad as the score indicated," Woods said, "but I putted awful. I could not see my lines, I could not get comfortable. Consequently, I made a ton of mistakes on the greens. It's frustrating. I had a chance. I had to get off to a good start to have a solid chance, but I didn't do that.

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"I was one under through six but Phil was five under through six. I thought I had to shoot 67, 66 today, and that wouldn't have been good enough. It was a fun day to be out there but very frustrating also."

Mickelson last won here in 2007 and won only a single title last year while watching his world ranking drop out of the top 20. He has played every California tournament this year, almost missing the cut before finishing 49th at the event in La Quinta and missing the cut at Torrey Pines two weeks ago.

The 41-year-old started Sunday tied for fourth, six shots behind third-round leader Charlie Wi and two shots behind playing partnerWoods. Mickelson birdied the second,fourth and fifth, then eagled the par-five sixth to take a strong hold on first place, a spot he never lost.

As Woods faded with his three consecutive bogeys to end the front nine, Kevin Streelman hung within a shot of Mickelson for a while before closing with two bogeys and a double bogey. Ricky Barnes, who played with amateur partner Bill Belichick all week, had three birdies on the back nine to finish third, four shots behind Mickelson, after shooting 67 on Sunday.

And Wi, a 40-year-old who grew up in Los Angeles and who had led the first three rounds, birdied the 18th and finished with a 72. That was good for second place, two shots behind Mickelson.

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-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Pebble Beach

Photo: Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd after making a putt at No. 13 on Sunday during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. Credit: Eric Risberg / Associated Press

Pebble Beach: Phil Mickelson has a one-shot lead after nine

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In the battle between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, playing together in the second-to-last group Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Mickelson has owned all the good shots and none of the bad.

With the final groups making the turn, Mickelson has taken a one-shot lead over Kevin Streeleman after a 31 on the front nine that was highlighted by an eagle three on the par-five sixth hole.

Woods, who started the final round a shot ahead of Mickelson, had a 38 on the front nine and finished with three straight bogeys.

Woods is nine under par heading into the back nine, tied for 10th and unlikely to get a win here in his first PGA Tour start of the season.

Charlie Wi, who opened the tournament with a 61 and led after every round, double-bogeyed the first hole by four-putting and is now at 12 under, two shots behind Mickelson and tied with Ricky Barnes.

Streeleman, who like Wi has never won on the tour, is at 13 under through 12.

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-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Pebble Beach

Photo: Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot at No. 7 on Sunday during the final round at Pebble Beach. Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Pebble Beach: Phil Mickelson takes two-shot lead

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Charlie Wi, four-putting the first hole for a double bogey in a display of nerves that left even Wi shrugging his shoulders, finally lost the lead he'd held since the first round with a bogey on the fifth hole at the AT&T Pebblle Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday at Pebble Beach.

And it is Phil Mickelson who is starring in a glamour pairing with Tiger Woods as Mickelson eagled No. 6 to take a two-shot lead over Wi, Woods and Kevin Streelman, who played the front nine in 31 shots.

Mickelson is at 14 under for the tournament. Woods, Streelman and Wi are at 12 under.

Woods, who missed three birdie putts within 10 feet early in the final round, birdied No. 6 in an effort to keep pace with Mickelson.

Three shots off the lead are Kevin Na and Ken Duke at 11 under while Ricky Barnes, Padraig Harrington and Dustin Johnson are at 10 under.

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Photo: Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot at No. 2 during the final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press

Pebble Beach: Charlie Wi keeps lead; Tiger Woods four back

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Charlie Wi, who was openly concerned about how he would hold his nerve and his lead after being in first place alone after two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday, seems as if he'll be alone in first place after three rounds as well.

Wi, a 40-year-old making his 163rd PGA Tour start and still looking for his first win, shot a three-under 69 on Saturday on the Spyglass Hill course and has a three-day total of 15-under-par 199. Wi, who played a year of college golf at California and would be the first Cal Bear to win a PGA Tour event, holds a three-stroke lead over Ken Duke, a 43-year-old veteran from Hope, Ark., who has also never won on the tour. Duke is working on a round of five-under par through 17 holes Saturday at Monterey Peninsula.

Tiger Woods just finished his third round of five-under 67 at Pebble Beach and he is tied for third, four shots behind Wi, who used to play local Southern California courses with Woods when the two were growing up.

Woods is playing his first 2012 PGA Tour event of the season. Woods had a round of six birdies and one bogey, and Woods' amateur partner, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, seemed to keep Woods in good spirits. "It was key for me to get off to a good start and settle Tiger's nerves," Romo said with a straight face to CBS/Golf Channel interviewer David Feherty.

Woods said, "I've hit the ball better the last two days, putts went in and that always makes the round better. This is going to be fun."

Also in contention going into Sunday's final round, where everybody plays Pebble Beach, is three-time winner Phil Mickelson, who shot a two-under 70 at Pebble Beach and is nine under for the tournament.

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Pebble Beach: Tiger Woods within three in third round

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Tiger Woods said he would need to shoot a low score Saturday to get himself into contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Tiger knew what he was talking about.

Woods, playing the Pebble Beach course, birdied five of his last six holes on the back nine of Pebble, where he started the round including making a rousing 22-foot birdie putt on the par-three 17th hole.

Currently 10-under for the tournament after parring the first hole, Woods is tied for fourth, three shots behind leader Charlie Wi, the 40-year-old from Los Angeles who has never won on the PGA Tour. Wi used to play with Woods when they were kids.

Woods has been driving the ball accurately, missing two fairways and one green in regulation so far and through nine holes he had 13 putts.

Two shots behind Wi, who played his final year of college golf at University of California, are Irishman Padraig Harrington, who had shot a second round 66 to get into contention and who is three-under through six holes at Spyglass Hill; and Joseph Bramlett, also at Spyglass, who is four-under through five holes.

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Pebble Beach: Charlie Wi leads by 3: Tiger Woods six behind

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Charlie Wi, who played college golf at the University of California, didn't mind the suddenly cool and rainy weather that arrived at Pebble Beach during Friday's second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Wi, born in Seoul but now a Californian, has a three-shot lead over two-time tournament winner Dustin Johnson after two rounds. Wi, who turned 40 last month, has never won a PGA Tour event. He is 12-under 130 after the first two rounds and shot a 69 Friday at the Pebble Beach course.

Tiger Woods, playing his first PGA Tour event of the year, is six shots behind Wi and tied for 16th after his two-under 68 Friday on the Monterery Peninsula course. Phil Mickelson made a move Friday, shooting a five-under 65 at Monterey Peninsula and is seven under for the tournament and tied for eighth.

Woods mentioned that he felt pain in his right wrist when his club hit the ground hard on the eighth hole.

"It hurt like (heck) when I did it," Woods said. He said the pain disappeared quickly. "Hurt just that one shot. Once I popped it back in, it was good. It was just a joint. No big deal. The problem was, I was in a divot. So I was in a divot on an uphill slope, and it was a tough combo."

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-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Pebble Beach

Photo: Charlie Wi hits off the 18th tee of Pebble Beach Golf Links during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament on Friday. Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press

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