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Notebook: Mahan hopes to avoid letdown

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Hunter Mahan figures that trying to win The Barclays will make it easier to follow his third 62 of the season with another low round.

Mahan's 9-under 62 on Saturday matched the Westchester Country Club record and moved him from a tie for 31st to a tie for third at 12 under — two strokes behind third-round leader Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup opener.

The Presidents Cup captain's pick also shot 62s this summer in the Travelers Championship and Canadian Open, both in the first round.

In the Travelers, Mahan followed with rounds 71, 67 and 65 and went on to beat Jay Williamson in a playoff for his first PGA Tour title. In Canada, the former Oklahoma State star added rounds of 74, 67 and 69 to tie for fifth.

"I feel like it's going to be a little different tomorrow because I have a chance to win the tournament," Mahan said when asked about the Canadian Open. "That was a little different and I had three rounds left. Tomorrow, I have a whole different focus of trying to win. So, I'm going to try to put that 62 behind me and just take all the confidence that I gained today and just try to put that into tomorrow and try to win."

Rich Beem also was 12 under after a 69.

"Must have played some different holes than I did," Beem said.

FULL THROTLE: Phil Mickelson, seven strokes out of the lead after a 69, planned to attack the course Sunday.

"If I can get off to a good start, I'm going to try to shoot 8, 9, 10 under and see if I can put some pressure on the leaders behind," Mickelson said.

How aggressive will he be?

"Very aggressive, because I have to shoot an incredible round to catch them," Mickelson said. "The front nine will be important. I've got to get some putts to go in. There's a lot of birdie holes on the front nine, and if I can shoot 4, 5, 6 under, I think I can make a good move and have a chance on the back."

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