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Mickelson Makes His Move at BMW Championship: A Fan’s Take

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Okay, I have to admit that I thought the weekend at the 2012 BMW Championship was going to be about Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. I probably was not alone in thinking this. Professional golf has been waiting for the next great rivalry for some time and Woods-McIlroy would seem to fit the bill quite well. The BMW Championship has one more round to go, so those guys could still figure largely in the outcome, but right now the story has to be Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

Heading into the final round of the BMW Championship Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh stand atop the leaderboard at 16-under par. One stroke behind the leaders are Englishman Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Another shot back are Adam Scott, Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson. Tiger Woods will begin his final round three shots back of Singh and Mickelson.

Mickelson began the third round five shots back of Singh's lead. However Lefty had quite a day at Crooked Stick Golf Club shooting 8-under par 64. After a bogey at the third hole, Mickelson found his mark and birdied seven of his next ten holes. That is an incredible stretch to say the least. In all, Mickelson carded 10 birdies against only two bogeys. This was good enough to tie the course record and was the best round of the day by two strokes. Of course, it may take a similar performance in the final round to claim the title.

Kudos to Vijay Singh, he is playing really well. Perhaps he can continue his run for one more day. I would like to see Singh play well and make his way to the Tour Championship but I think someone else will win the BMW Championship. I would like to see Mickelson win the BMW Championship as that would make for a very interesting FedEx Cup finale with Mickelson, Woods and McIlroy battling it out for both the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship trophy.

Mickelson is certainly expecting a shootout in the final round at Crooked Stick. With a leaderboard filled with major champions (and those like Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson that are on the level of major champions) it should be a fantastic final round.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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