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Video: Phil Mickelson holes out for eagle, grabs one-shot lead

Jonathan Wall
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One of the great things about Phil Mickelson is his unpredictability. You never know from one round to the next if he's going to string together five or six birdies, or eagle a hole and then double the next two. It's part of what makes him one of golf's most intriguing players.

But for some reason, Phil decided to go away from the erratic play for the last couple of rounds, stringing together 49 holes without a bogey before picking one up on the 15th hole on Thursday at the Northern Trust Open. You had to wonder if Mickelson's erratic alter ego would show up at some point this week -- and it certainly did over the final three holes on Friday.

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After bogeying the par-4 seventh hole, Mickelson came right back and holed out for eagle on the very next hole from 112 yards, spinning the shot back to the right before it disappeared into the hole. He finished the round up with a bogey on the ninth for a bogey-eagle-bogey finish, but that's the kind of golf you expect from Lefty.

He's currently one shot ahead of everyone else and looks primed to win back-to-back tournaments. And if he keeps holing wedges like that, you'd have to like his chances of picking up his third Northern Trust Open title on Sunday.

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