Mickelson, Bradley share lead at Northern Trust Open
LOS ANGELES — One shot clipped an ash tree and kept Phil Mickelson out of worse trouble than he was in. Another landed behind a Bottle Brush, blocking his path to the 10th green at Riviera. On yet another hole, Mickelson had to thread a 9-iron through the limbs of five eucalyptus trees.
So when he walked into the gallery to find his tee shot on the 15th and saw a man flat on his back, Mickelson assumed the worst. Instead, the fan was being still because the ball was in the hem of his shorts.
Despite all these adventures, Mickelson managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with PGA champion Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.
Bradley took only five putts over the last five holes, including a 10-footer for par on 18 that got him into the final group, for a 66 and his best chance at a win since he captured the PGA Championship in August.
Mickelson and Bradley were at 7-under 206, one shot ahead of Pat Perez (70), Jonathan Byrd (69) and Bryce Molder (66).
At Chonburi, Thailand, Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand.
Miyazato, the Japanese player who won the 2010 tournament, birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine. She had a 14-under 202 total on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course.
Ace Group Classic
At Naples, Fla., Kenny Perry shot a 10-under 62 and break the Champions Tour's 36-hole scoring record with an 18-under 126 total in the ACE Group Classic.
Perry broke the record of 17 under held by six players. Of those, only Don Pooley in the 2006 MasterCard Championship in Hawaii failed to win. Tom Kite (2001 Gold Rush), Jim Ahern (2003 Music City Invitational), Langer (2007 Administaff Small Business Classic), Russ Cochran (2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship), and Fred Couples (2011 AT&T Championship) also were 17 under.
Perry made five birdies on the front nine on The TwinEagles Club's Talon Course, and six more on the back.