Sunday, May 09, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seconds after getting an autograph from Phil Mickelson, a young boy decided to talk a little trash to Tiger Woods.

As Woods walked by following his round, the kid yelled, "Tiger, say so long to No. 1. Kiss it goodbye."

The kid wasn't subdued by a Taser or removed from TPC Sawgrass. Woods, meanwhile, showed no reaction. He was more concerned with getting back on track after another mediocre round.

"I hit more good shots today than I have all week," said Woods, who shot a 1-under 71 that left him at 4-under 212. "So you don't turn this thing around overnight and then just go out there and play great golf. This is a process, especially since I haven't played at all. I just need more rounds. Luckily I've got two rounds on the weekend."

Mickelson has a chance to go to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career, provided he wins and Woods finishes out of the top five.

Mickelson shot a 6-under 66, moved to 9-under 207 and heads into the final round five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood.

"I felt like things started to click a little bit today, and I think I've got one more low round in me," Mickelson said. "I just hope that it will be enough, that I'll be within striking distance."

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