AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) 7:52 p.m. — The Masters always seems to bring out the best in Phil Mickelson.
Lefty hasn’t done much this year, failing to finish higher than 17th on the PGA Tour. But he’ll go to the final round of the Masters in the next-to-last group after shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday.
A three-time Augusta champion, Mickelson shot 32 on the front side and had the crowd roaring when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt at the 16th. He stumbled on 17 with a three-putt bogey, but a par at the final hole gave him hope going to Sunday.
He’s at 11-under 205, five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
Mickelson knew it could’ve been better.
”On the back, I ended up making two bogeys that stalled my round,” he said, also referring to a slip up at the 11th.
Not that he’s complaining too much.
”It really is the best to play late on the weekends here at Augusta,” Mickelson said.
He wore a pink shirt in honor of Arnold Palmer, figuring he needed an Arnie-like charge to get back in contention.
Mickelson will go back to his customary black on Sunday – in hopes of complementing it with green.