Mickelson's tee shot on 18 landed in the fescue between two bunkers but he managed to get back onto the fairway with a decent second shot and onto the green with his third. He left his birdie shot far too short but sank the par putt to finish at five-under for the day and one-under for the tournament.
Mickelson had the best single-round score of the tournament so far and will enter the weekend tied for second with Ernie Els, Ryo Ishikawa, and Dustin Johnson. Each are two strokes behind the leader Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods will need a Tiger Woods-circa 2000 at Pebble Beach like performance to get back into contention.
And it looks as if the 60-year-old Tom Watson, playing in his 31st and possible final U.S. Open, will be back for the weekend.
It all begins tomorrow. Be sure to check Saturday's paper for Mark Herrmann's complete coverage of the second round. We will be back tomorrow to take you through the third round at Pebble Beach. Goodnight!