FIFTY-YEAR-OLD Phil Mickelson shot a seven-under 63 on Friday to hold the 36-hole lead at the Travelers Championship. You read that right. This is his first tournament as a 50-year-old and through two rounds he has racked up 14 birdies and just one bogey. Hey Phil, what do you have to say to the haters?
Lefty was feeling himself all day Friday and rightfully so. Playing alongside Bryson DeSLAMbeau and Rory, Phil was chomping on his gum like Pete Carroll after a successful fake FG. Phil is known for hitting bombs, but as the “short” guy in his group there were more like firecrackers. That didn’t matter to him as he flipped on his aviator shades like Maverick from Top Gun. Phil was throwing out some early first pumps.
What a look that is. And he ended his round with an absolute dart into 18.
He has a one-shot lead over both Mackenzie Hughes and Will Gordon heading into the weekend. With inclement weather expected tomorrow afternoon in Cromwell, the PGA Tour announced they are moving up tee times to 7-9:00 AM with threesomes going off both tees. Early morning golf!
Hughes followed up his 60 with a pedestrian 68. Will Gordon had himself a Friday as well. Playing on a sponsor exemption, the 2019 SEC Player of the Year (from Vanderbilt) TORE IT UP. He played before the TV window, but he was putting for birdie on EVERY HOLE. INSANE. He is 23. Phil had EIGHT wins on the PGA Tour before Gordon was even born. Tomorrow they’ll be teeing it up together.
Bryson was doing Bryson things again.
On the 442-yard par-4 seventh, he drove the ball 359 yards! Him and Rory are the two white balls way out in front.
He was at it again on the ninth tee.
He drove into the group ahead of him on the green on a hole that is 389 yards. Easy birdie! He also found the cart path on the 10th and his drive ended up going 427 yards.
There was some other interesting action on Friday. Clinging to the cut line late in the day Shane Lowry had some out of the bunker on 16.
I’d go nuts if I did that. Literally, I’d probably end up in that pond. SIDEBAR, Shane Lowry has to be one of the top guys on Tour to have a beer with. Dude went NUTS after winning The Open.
Earlier in the day, JT nearly aced the par-3 5th.
Little dramatic. But it gave us this photo.
That’s me after 75 percent of my tee shots on par 3s.
Also JT went a little viral by saying “Where you at Bryson?” after a nice drive on the ninth. Um, he’s playing this weekend, bud. Have a fun weekend off.
Should be an interesting early-morning moving day.