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Mickelson misses Woods

2009-03-14 05:57

Doral - Phil Mickelson misses having Tiger Woods near the top of the leaderboard and is not happy about holding a 10-shot lead over his old rival at the WGC-CA Championship which he leads after the second round.

"It kind of sucks," said Mickelson after firing a six-under par round of 66 on the Blue Monster course. "I hope he comes out tomorrow (on Saturday) and plays a great round and makes a move," he added.

Woods, returning to strokeplay golf after an eight-month lay-off for knee surgery, is tied for 35th at three under-par.

The world number one, clearly not back to his best, has looked far from happy with rounds of 71 and 70 but smiled when told of Mickelson's wish to have him closer to the lead.

"Me too, me too!," he said.

"I'm ten back and that's not a very good spot to be in. Hopefully, tomorrow (on Saturday) I can shoot a good round and at least give myself somewhat of a chance going into Sunday.

Woods spent some time on the course rubbing his knee and other parts of his leg but said he was not suffering from anything other than the novelty of walking a lot.

"My right ankle is a little sore, that's about it. I haven't walked in a while," he said.

"Physically, I'm just as happy as can be. I thought I would be more sore day-in, day-out, I thought recovery would be a little more difficult than it has been.

"But I've been waking up feeling great. All the training that I've done and all the rehab has paid off.

"It's just a matter of getting my feel for the game -- it is higher at this level than it is playing for five bucks at home in Isleworth (in Florida)," he joked.

Second round scores:

131 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 65 66

133 Nick Watney (U.S.) 66 67

134 Kenny Perry (U.S.) 70 64; Rory McIlroy (Britain) 68 66

135 Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) 65 70; Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 67 68; Rod Pampling (Australia) 66 69

136 Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 72 64; Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 70 66; Jim Furyk (U.S.) 68 68; Ian Poulter (Britain) 69 67; Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70 66; Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 65 71; Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 67 69

137 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 66 71; Paul Casey (Britain) 71 66; Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 67 70; Oliver Wilson (Britain) 67 70

138 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 69 69; Pat Perez (U.S.) 70 68; Andres Romero (Argentina) 67 71; Briny Baird (U.S.) 70 68; Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 68 70

139 Luke Donald (Britain) 69 70; Steve Stricker (U.S.) 69 70

140 James Kingston (South Africa) 66 74; Robert Allenby (Australia) 69 71; Shingo Katayama (Japan) 70 70; Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 70 70; Anthony Kim (U.S.) 71 69; Ross Fisher (Britain) 71 69; Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 74 66;
Ben Curtis (U.S.) 71 69; Mike Weir (Canada) 71 69

141 Vijay Singh (Fiji) 69 72; Ernie Els (South Africa) 70 71; Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 69 72; Martin Kaymer (Germany) 73 68; Ryuji Imada (Japan) 70 71; Tiger Woods (U.S.) 71 70; Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 71 70; Retief Goosen (South Africa) 65 76; Davis Love III (U.S.) 70 71

142 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 70 72; Tim Clark (South Africa) 71 71; Stephen Ames (Canada) 72 70; Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 73 69; Chad Campbell (U.S.) 72 70; Lee Westwood (Britain) 71 71; Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 69 73; Stuart Appleby (Australia) 71 71

143 Justin Rose (Britain) 73 70; Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 69 74; Yang Yong-eun (South Korea) 73 70; Bubba Watson (U.S.) 72 71; Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 74 69; Soren Hansen (Denmark) 74 69

144 Richard Finch (Britain) 72 72; Boo Weekley (U.S.) 69 75; Sergio Garcia (Spain) 72 72; Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 75 69
Mark Brown (New Zealand) 73 71; Peter Hanson (Sweden) 70 74

145 Lin Wen-tang (Taiwan) 75 70; Darren Clarke (Britain) 74 71; Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 71 74

Selected:
146 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 70 76
150 Trevor Immelman (South Africa) 74 76

Reuters