Phil Mickelson hit one tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts. He somehow managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with PGA champion Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.
Bradley, inspired by a Riviera course that is one of his favorites, took only five putts over the final five holes, including a 10-footer for par on the last hole, for a 5-under 66 that assured him being in the final group.
The par was meaningful because he wanted to play Sunday with Mickelson, a mentor to him.
There's no telling what to expect in the final round. The phrase ''routine par'' was not part of Mickelson's vocabulary on a beautiful afternoon off Sunset Boulevard.
Mickelson played one chip well past the hole on the par-3 sixth so it would roll off the bank some 25 feet behind the cup and roll back. He made a 12-footer for his par.
The only disappointment was not taking advantage of enough birdie chances, twice missing birdie putt...