Phil Takes Control in LA

Mickelson shoots a 64 for a 4-shot lead in Northern Trust Open
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2008 6:14 AM CST
The 11th fairway is reflected in Australia's Robert Allenby's sunglasses as he drives in the second round of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Phil Mickelson moved much closer yesterday to taming the only West Coast city that has eluded him in his career, reports the AP. Mickelson shot a 7-under 64 to build a four-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. "The West Coast means a lot to me,'' he said after his best round ever at Riviera.

Mickelson lost the tournament in a playoff last year. Robert Allensby shot a 66 to hang on to second with 36 holes left. "I've made plenty of birdies here before, so there's no reason why I can't do it on the weekend," Allensby said. Mickelson and Allensby both played in the morning before winds and rain hampered play.