Friday, 19 March 2010

Phil Mickelson notched three birdies to leapfrog Retief Goosen at the top of the leaderboard at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Starting at the tenth, Mickelson birdied the par four opener and he birdied the 14th as the American’s second round got off to a good start.

He then picked up a shot at the par five second to move into a one-shot lead having gone through 11 holes.

No fewer than eight players were in a tie for third on three under par during the early stages of the second round.

Amongst them were European Tour Member Steve Webster, who set about building on his opening 68 only to bogey the first.

The Englishman birdied five and six but then bogeyed the par there seventh and the par four eighth to drop back.

However Webster made a good start to the back nine with birdies at ten and 11.

American duo Sean O’Hair and D.J. Trahan had also reached three under after 11 and nine holes respectively.

Australia’s Peter Lonard had an up and down first four holes but some strong play towards the turn saw him reach three under.

Lonard birdied the first, dropped a shot at the par five second and then picked up a stroke at the third - only to drop back immediately with a bogey at four. But Lonard picked up birdies at seven and eight to join fellow countryman Stuart Appleby in a share of third having played ten holes.

European Tour members Tim Clark and Daniel Chopra were also on three under par after opening with 67s and were due to start their second round shortly.

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