Phil Mickelson turns back the clock, owns 54-hole lead at PGA Championship

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Yes, it really could happen.

Seriously, Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2019, hasn’t had a top 10 in a major championship since 2016 and hasn’t been thrilled with his play for some time now as he’s dropped to No. 115th in the world rankings, is in position to win his sixth major championship on Sunday.

Mickelson, 200-1 to win when the week started and 51 years old as of next month, squandered a five-shot lead midway through his round Saturday but gathered himself to sign for a 2-under-par 70 and get one clear of the field at 7 under.

Mickelson, who held a share of the 36-hole lead, made five birdies against no bogeys in his first 11 holes to bump his lead to five before making bogey on the 12th and double bogey on the 13th.

Mickelson’s main opposition? Brooks Koepka, who despite dealing with knee issues, will be going after his third PGA title in four years and his fifth major since the calendar turned to 2017. While he bogeyed his final hole, Koepka turned in a 70 to move to 6 under.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, shot 72 to stay at 5 under.

Kevin Streelman shot 70 to get to 4 under.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Branden Grace each shot 72 to get to 3 under.

Bryson DeChambeau and Joaquin Niemann each shot 71 and Gary Woodland 72 to move to 2 under.

Paul Casey, Corey Conners and Sungjae Im all shot 73 to stand at 1 under.

A large bunch of players are at even par, including Jordan Spieth (68), Rickie Fowler (69), Tony Finau (70) and Patrick Cantlay (70).


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