While Phil Mickelson turned most of the attention to the Dominion Energy Charity Classic as he tried to open his career as PGA TOUR Champions with back-to-back wins, Mike Weir did a little better on a 36-hole day after the rain on Friday. The Canadian shot 68-63 to reach 13 and take a three-stroke lead over Mickelson in the finals.
“I’m very happy with the way I played today,” said Weir. “When I thought we were 36 today, I wanted to get into a nice rhythm for the day because there are so many holes. If you can get into a nice rhythm you can somehow drive it and I did. I tripped over my 18th hole a bit on the first lap, but maybe that gave me a starting shot so as not to bother me too much and just say, “Hey, I’m playing well and let’s just hold the pedal down . “”
Mickelson shot 68-66. In August, he made his PGA TOUR Champions debut at Ozarks National.
“Having carts makes playing 36 a lot easier,” said Mickelson. “I definitely enjoyed the day and don’t feel as beaten up as we normally would. I thought it was okay. I took a lot of pictures and will work on it now, but I’m in a good position for tomorrow and hope to put together a good lap. ”
He tried to be aggressive.
“I’m trying, man. I’m trying to attack, ”said Mickelson. “I’m trying to beat riders and get past this course, but it’s hard to get out of the rough.”
Weir won the Masters in 2003 for one of his eight PGA TOUR titles. He was asked if he could remember the last time he slept on a leash.
“It’s been a long time.” Weir said. “It would be a while before I found out the last time. It’s been a long time so it feels good. ”
Comrade Retief Goosen and Brandt Jobe finished third with 8. They shot 68-68 each.
“The course is great,” said Goosen. “It’s obviously playing a lot longer than last year, much cooler and wet fairways. And the par 3s play a long time, they have the par 3 back today. Yes, with this north wind you also play all par 5 against the wind and they are long, you have to hit two good ones to get there. ”
Bernhard Langer, who was in the lead after 67 in the first round, was defeated by Wes Short Jr. (69-68) 7 after a 70 in the second round.
Ernie Els, the 50-year-old former major champion who took his second win of the season in North Carolina last week, shot 72-66 to 6 under.
Jim Furyk, another 50-year-old former major champion who won Champions starts in his first two PGA TOUR starts, was 5 years old after rounds 71 and 68 alongside Mickelson and defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez.
Jiménez was 1 under, shooting 74-69.
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