NORTON, Mass. — Phil Mickelson keeps saying how much he loves playing with Tiger Woods. He shot an 8-under 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship to prove it.
In a feature grouping of the top three players in the world ranking, Mickelson turned in the star performance Friday morning with a front-nine 28 that allowed him to consider — but only briefly — another shot at 59.
By the end of the day, when he played a risky shot from deep in the trees on his final hole to salvage bogey, he was happy to have a share of the lead. Mickelson was tied with Brian Davis, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
At Portland, Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum birdied three of her last four holes to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Safeway Classic.
The 23-year-old Phatlum, winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour, followed her opening 8-under 64 with a 66 for a tournament-record 14-under 130 total at rain-softened Columbia Edgewater.
Norway's Suzann Pettersen, the 2011 tournament winner at Pumpkin Ridge, was a stroke back at 13 under after a bogey-free 63. Germany's Sandra Gal was 12 under after her second straight 66, and countrywoman Caroline Masson was another stroke behind after a 64.
Hotel Fitness Championship
At Fort Wayne, Ind., Patrick Cantlay grabbed a share of the second-round lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, a week after the former UCLA star squandered a chance to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Fighting a back injury, the 21-year-old Cantlay birdied four of his last five holes for a 7-under 65 to match 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman and Web.com Tour money champion Michael Putnam at 11-under 133 at Sycamore Hills in the Web.com Tour Finals opener. Putnam had a course-record 63, and Immelman shot 66.