2010 Players Championship fans saw the real Phil Mickelson arrive on Saturday. Mickelson shot a 6-under-par third round score at the 2010 Players Championship, moving him to 9-under-par for the tournament, and right into the thick of the competition. After finishing the first two rounds of The Players with a combined 3-under-par, Mickelson pounced on the course Saturday morning, and showed he wasn’t going down without a fight. With seven birdies through the first 16 holes, he had a 7-under-par score for the day heading into a rough 18th hole. He bogeyed the final hole, knocking him back to a 6-under-par 66 for the third round of the tournament.
This round three showing was exactly what Phil Mickelson needed, and it couldn’t have come at a more important time. Quite a few golfers struggled on the course Saturday, and Mickelson shined in the early tee times. There were still a lot of golfers taking to the course when Mickelson had finished, and the leaders hadn’t even made their way on the course yet, but Mickelson did everything he could to get back into the mix. Mickelson also saw fellow American Zach Johnson impress the fans with his own 5-under-par 67 to get to 9-under-par for The Players, and set up a possible pairing with Mickelson on Sunday. They are both several shots behind the leaders, but now they are at least in contention.
For Phil Mickelson, having a strong showing in round three was more important than just going up in The Players standings. What Mickelson needed to make sure he did on Saturday was to distance himself from Tiger Woods in the standings. Woods it the current No. 1 ranked played on the PGA Tour, and Mickelson has a chance to catch him during The Players. As for Tiger Woods, he again posted a human 1-under-par score for the day, taking his overall score at The Players to 4-under-par after three rounds. That gives Mickelson a five shot lead over him, but also places around 35 golfers between the two in the standings. A strong fourth round could help Mickelson even more on Sunday, but we will have to wait on several other scores (especially from Lee Westwood) to see if Mickelson has a chance to win the 2010 Players Championship.
Phil Mickelson Round Three Stats:
*Birdies on two, three, five, seven, nine, 11, and 16
*Bogies on just 18.
RD1 Score: (-2)
RD2 Score: (-1)
RD3 Score: (-6)
Combined Players Score: (-9)