by Jeff Skinner
What a wild day at Pebble Beach. It was impossible not to watch Phil Mickelson. Phil used the putting advice he got from Dave Stockton and fashioned a near record 66 and jumped into a second place tie, two strokes behind leader Graeme McDowell. Phil captivated the crowd with his play and seemed to be putting for birdie all day. McDowell is a worthy adversary; he has five wins on the European Tour and knows that there is still plenty of golf to play.
Phil was having such a great time he says he doesn’t want the tournament to end. He just wants to keep playing. I bet he’ll change his tune if he has the lead on Sunday afternoon and can finally claim the US Open Championship that has eluded him so painfully these past years.
Tom Watson knew that he had to make his last putt to make the cut. He wanted two more rounds at Pebble Beach and we all wanted the same. He admitted these greens are very tough in the afternoon and he isn’t the putter he used to be. He says that the greens didn’t affect his 18 year-old playing partner, Ryo Ishikawa. He said Ryo reminded him of himself when he was 18. Wow! That’s got to be a great thing for Ryo to hear. It will be fun watching Tom play over the weekend and who knows; maybe we’ll see a bit of the old Watson magic.