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Mickelson in danger of missing 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines

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Phil Mickelson made the 36-hole cut on the number.

(Editor's Note: Due to fog delays on Saturday, PGA Tour officials decided to forgo the 54-hole cut in order to attempt to finish the tournament as quickly as possible.)

SAN DIEGO - An untimely bogey on the 18th hole at Torrey Pines South Friday afternoon almost cost the San Diego faithful a chance to cheer on hometown hero Phil Mickelson at the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend. Lefty's one-under 71 on Friday put him at one under par for the tournament after two rounds, landing him dangerously close to the dreaded cut line.

Mickelson survived -- along with 86 other golfers -- but that doesn't mean they'll all be around to make a run at the trophy on Sunday.

A secondary cut will be implemented after 54 holes at the Farmers in order to pare the field down as close as possible to 70 total golfers. Those who fail to advance past 54 holes will be designated "MDF" (Made cut, didn't finish), but will still receive both a check and FedEx Cup points for successfully making the 36-hole cut.

Tournament officials decided on a secondary cut after the first two rounds of golf at Torrey Pines produced more weekend qualifiers than expected. Standard cut protocol calls for the 70 golfers with the lowest scores after 36 holes, plus ties, to advance. The goal is for approximately 76 golfers to clear the cut and advance to weekend play.

At one under, Mickelson -- along with other notables such as Aaron Baddeley and Ben Curtis, both at one under -- will need a strong showing in the third round in order advance to Sunday's final round.

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