Mickelson survives in Singapore after miracle shot on 18th

Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:49am EST
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson conjured up one of his trademark miracle shots to cap a brilliant back-nine to his second round as he clawed his way above the cut line at the weather-disrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.

The American left-hander returned to the course early on Saturday, after not even playing a shot on a storm-hit Friday, and found himself four-over par for the tournament and three strokes short of the projected cut with nine holes to play.

He picked up two birdies in a blemish-free eight holes and walked to the par-five 18th tee knowing a birdie would keep him in the tournament.

However, despite hitting what he described as a "perfect" drive, his five-wood approach shot skewed left over the lake and nestled in the rough on the edge of the adjoining 10th hole.

Mickelson surveyed the scene and opted for a high-risk chip shot that soared between the 'V' of two palm trees in his path and scuttled up the green to halt around six foot from the cup.

The American calmly slotted in the birdie putt, much to the delight of the packed gallery.

"I hit one of the best tee shots I have hit all week and one of the worst second shots I have hit all week with the five wood. I don't even know what happened there," he told reporters.

"It was one of the best chips... I had to go through the trees and run it up the hill. I hit it really well and made birdie and hopefully have given myself a chance."   Continued...

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. walks down the eighth fairway as spectators carrying umbrellas follow in the light drizzle during the rain-delayed second round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su