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Northern Trust Open 2013: Phil Mickelson surges into weekend with 67

Phil Mickelson overcame some difficulty in the middle of his second round to card a 4-under 67 in the second round of the Northern Trust Open to vault himself into contention heading into the weekend. 

After an even-par 71 on Thursday, Mickelson birdied two of his final three holes to finish the weekday rounds T13. Coming off a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open two weeks ago, Mickelson is looking to ride that momentum into his second PGA TOUR victory of the 2013 season.

He knows he has some work to do to make that happen, however. 

“I’m at 13th right now. It’s only five back and I just need a good round tomorrow to get in it for Sunday,” Mickelson said following the round. “It’s a golf course where there will be some people that go low, that shoot some low rounds, but it’s not a given.” 

A double bogey on the par-4 10th put the former ASU Sun Devil and San Diego native in trouble heading into the back nine, but a birdie on the par-5 11th gave him the momentum during the round to get into the clubhouse just five shots back of leader, Sang-Moon Bae. 

Fellow Southern California natives John Merrick (Long Beach) and John Mallinger (Escondido) are each in the top ten at T3 and T9 going into Saturday. Television coverage for Round 3 will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT on the Golf Channel, while CBS will broadcast the day’s action beginning at noon. 

The first tee times will go off at 7:45 a.m. PT. 

 More from the Northern Trust Open:

John Merrick in contention

Matt Kuchar off to hot start

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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