Lefty's short game right on

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Phil Mickelson is carrying five wedges in his bag at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Fort Worth, Tex. He's used all of them -- very effectively.

Along with his putter.

Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under 68 in the second round yesterday to take the lead at 7-under 133. The world's No. 2-ranked player leads Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by one stroke at Colonial.

"It was probably the best putting round I've had all year," said Mickelson, who needed only 25 putts.

That's because he kept setting himself up with his short clubs. From the fairways, the rough and the bunkers. Only four of his one-putts were nine feet or longer (the longest was 18).

Calgary's Stephen Ames (67) is two strokes back. Mike Weir (69) of Bright's Grove is seven shots off the pace, one ahead of Oshawa's Jon Mills (69).

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Tiger Woods won't play in the Memorial next week as he recovers from knee surgery, meaning he likely will go to the U.S. Open (June 12-15) without having played a tournament in two months.

AROUND THE LINKS

At Rochester, N.Y., Tom Purtzer closed with a 25-foot birdie putt to take a one-shot lead at the Senior PGA Championship. Purtzer, who shot a 3-under 67, leads Jay Haas (72) and Massy Kuramoto (68) ... At Corning, N.Y., Dina Ammaccapane shot her second straight 69 for a one-stroke lead at the Corning Classic. Erica Blasberg (74), Janice Moodie (68), Wendy Ward (70) and Katie Futcher (69) are tied for second ... At Virginia Water, England, Paul McGinley leads by four shots after finishing birdie-eagle for a 6-under 66 and a record 13-under after two rounds of the BMW PGA Championship.


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