Mickelson in running at BellSouth

Posted: Monday, April 04, 2005

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Tuning up for his Masters defense, Phil Mickelson shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday to move within a stroke of leader Scott McCarron with one round to play in the rain-delayed BellSouth Classic.

McCarron, the 1997 and 2001 winner at the TPC at Sugarloaf, shot his second straight 69 for a 6-under 138 total on the Greg Norman-designed course.

Mickelson, the No. 4 player in the world and a two-time winner this season, had the best round of the tournament as conditions improved with sun, temperatures in the low 60s and wind of 15-20 mph. He holed a 26-yard pitch for eagle on the 310-yard, par-4 13th, and had six birdies and a bogey in the round.

Mickelson opened the day tied for 61st after a 74 on Saturday in the opening round that was plagued by rain, sleet, snow and 40 mph wind. Rain washed out play on Thursday and Friday, forcing PGA Tour officials to shorten the tournament to 54 holes and push the finish back to Monday.

Jose Maria Olazabal (69) and first-round co-leader Billy Mayfair (69) matched Mickelson at 5 under, and Arron Oberholser (68), Tag Ridings (68), Brian Bateman (68), Joey Snyder III (69) and Rich Beem (70) were 4 under. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen (69) was 3 under along with defending champion Zach Johnson (66).

Portugal Open

CASCAIS, Portugal — England's Paul Broadhurst won the Portugal Open for his first PGA European Tour victory in nearly 10 years, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Scotland's Paul Lawrie.

The 39-year-old Broadhurst had a 13-under 271 total on the Oitavos course for his first win since the 1995 French Open. Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, finished with a 70. Portugal's Jose Filipe Lima (70) was third at 11 under.



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