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No. 16 bites Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington

A bad drive by Phil Mickelson with a 5-iron, of all things, and a tough approach out of the left rough by Padraig Harrington left both star players with the kind of impossible shots you only get in a U.S. Open. Neither was able to save par, taking bogeys to drop to +1.

Mickelson's 5-iron tee shot on the 403-yard 16th was meant to keep the ball under control, but it went 260 yards and rolled into a fairway trap on the right. With no chance to hit the green, Mickelson had to pitch out to the fairway, and he was unable to get his third-shot wedge close. Harrington's second from the left rough ran through the green into the second cut of rough behind the green. He fluffed his third shot, leaving it short of the green and then bellied a sand wedge fourth shot close before tapping in for bogey.

Just before Harrington his hit third, a wayward tee shot from the third hole landed on the 16th green and ran between Harrington and the cup. But he didn't seem ruffled by the distraction. Soren Kjeldsen still leads at -3 after finishing the front nine at 32 strokes.


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