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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – He didn't make a run at 59 again, but Phil Mickelson turned in another strong round Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

A day after shooting 11-under 60 to tie his lowest career round, Mickelson fired a 6-under 65 to move to 17 under for the tournament. He holds a four-shot lead on Bill Haas, who shot 64 Friday to move to 13 under. Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker are another shot back at 12 under. Bradley tied for the day's best round, shooting 63 along with Charlie Wi.

Mickelson also flirted with the Tour's 36-hole scoring record of 124 set by David Toms and Pat Perez, but he drove his tee shot into the water at No. 18 and ended up with a double bogey to finish with a two-day total of 125, a career low.

"It's disappointing to finish both rounds the way I did, but I've been playing well and I've been having a lot of fun around this golf course. . . . It's gong to be an interesting weekend because a lot can happen, and it usually does here."

While Mickelson will enter the weekend trying to secure his first win of the season, several notables will not be around Saturday and Sunday. The list of those who failed to make the cut include Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner and Martin Kaymer.

See how it all unfolded Friday in the Arizona desert:

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Update #33: 7:08 p.m. EST

Well, No. 18 was not a good hole for Phil, Rickie and Dufner. Mickelson, needing a par or better to set the Tour 36-hole scoring record, drove his 3-wood into the water off the tee and then spun his third shot off the green. He would double bogey the hole to drop to 17 under (125 total, his career low). He finishes with a 6-under 65.

Fowler and Dufner needed birdies on their final hole to make the cut. Neither got it. Fowler left his 20 footer a bit right while Dufner missed a 7 footer short and left. Dufner went ice cold with the short stick late in his second round.

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Update #32: 6:52 p.m. EST

He's probably not going to match his 60 from Thursday, but Phil Mickelson is going to come close. Heading into No. 18, Mickelson is 8 under for the round, 19 under for the tournament. Should he make par or better, he'll set the Tour 36-hole scoring record, which is currently 124.

Lefty drove the green on the short par-4 17th, hit a good lag putt that ended up 3 feet or so short. He then knocked that home for his 17th birdie of the tournament.

Also, Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner will need birdies on No. 18 to make the cut. Both are at 3 under. Fowler made a birdie at No. 17 while Dufner missed about a 3 footer for birdie on the hole. Dufner has really looked out of sorts with the putter on this back nine.

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Update #31: 6:35 p.m. EST

While Phil Mickelson continues to pad his lead – he just eagled the par-5 15th – Rickie Fowler and Jason Dufner continue to slide back. Fowler and Dufner each have three bogeys in their last four holes. Fowler is 2 under and Dufner is 3 under right now. The projected cut is 4 under.

And back to Mickelson, he needs a birdie in these next two holes – Nos. 17 and 18 – to set the Tour 36-hole scoring record. Pat Perez and David Toms hold the current mark of 124.

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Update #30: 6:07 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler got back to 4 under after a birdie at the par-5 13th. But Fowler needed two shots to get out of a greenside bunker at No. 14 and he would bogey the par-4 hole to drop back to 3 under. Remember, the projected cut is 4 under right now.

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Update #29: 5:51 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson just chipped to a couple feet at the par-5 13th. He then made the short birdie to move to 16 under. Phil is now 52 under in 84 holes on No. 13 in his career.

Meanwhile, Phil's playing competitor Jason Dufner is struggling. Dufner missed a short par putt on No. 12 and then left his third shot, a chip at No. 13, just short of the green. That ball rolled back down the slope and Dufner would miss a par putt again, settling for a second straight bogey. Dufner is now 4 under and right on the projected cut line.

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Update #28: 5:46 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker just doubled the par-4 12th to fall back to 10 under, five shots behind Mickelson. Snedeker's bogey putt lipped out.

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Update #27: 5:31 p.m. EST

Rickie Fowler has made a double bogey in each of his last 12 starts on Tour. He continued the streak with one Thursday, and was facing another at the par-3 12th after putting his tee shot in the water. But Fowler got up and down for bogey. At 3 under, though, he'll have to fight to make the cut. The projected cut right now is 4 under.

Also, Phil Mickelson stretched his lead to three after sticking his tee shot to about 8 feet at No. 12. He calmly sank the birdie to move to 15 under.

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Update #26: 5:26 p.m. EST

Brandt Snedeker is quietly putting together a nice round. Sneds is 5 under through 11 holes and has worked his way to 12 under. At T-2, the defending FedEx Cup champ is the projected leader in the FedEx Cup standing should things end the way they are right now.

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Update #25: 5:14 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has moved to 14 under and put two shots between him and second place after a birdie on No. 11. Mickelson made a 12 footer for the birdie on the hole. He played this back nine in 7 under on Thursday, so he should have plenty of opportunities to pad his lead.

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Update #24: 5:07 p.m. EST

Well, Phil Mickelson flirted with 59 on Thursday and we could see another player approaching that number today. Bill Haas is 6 under through nine holes today. Like Mickelson did Thursday, Haas, who is 12 under overall, started on the back nine. And while he still has some golf to be played, with how far he hits it, Haas could pull six more birdies, or even an eagle, off before the end of the day.

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Update #23: 5:03 p.m. EST

Ryo Ishikawa had some back probelms on Thursday and it seems as if the back is still bothering him. Ishikawa will miss the cut after a 2-over 73 on Thursday. He's finished at 3 over, six shots behind the current projected cut of 3 under.

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Update #22: 4:50 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson is back on top after a birdie at No. 9. He stuck his approach to less than 5 feet and made birdie. We're betting that he wished he would've had that approach on this hole on Thursday. Mickelson is 13 under, one ahead of Keegan Bradley, who is in at 12 under.

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Update #21: 4:39 p.m. EST

We're getting closer to the end of the second round, so we'll now look at the projected cut, which is 3 under at the moment. Those below the cut line right now include 2012 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year John Huh (2 under), former Masters champ Mike Weir (2 under) and Scott Stallings (1 under), who challenged for the title two weeks ago at Humana.

Those safe for now include Rickie Fowler (3 under), Bud Cauley (4 under) and the Jasons: Dufner, Day and Bohn (4 under).

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Update #20: 4:34 p.m. EST

Scott Piercy just holed out for eagle at the short par-4 17th. Piercy drove just right of green and then found the cup with his chip. The pin was at a back-left location, too. TPC Scottsdale has been generous to hole outs, though. This course provided 76 hole outs last season on Tour.

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Update #19: 4:30 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson left a birdie putt less than a foot short at No. 8 on Thursday. He did the same thing today. Mickelson is still 12 under as he heads to No. 9, site of yesterday's "mortifying" lip-out.

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Update #18: 4:14 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson birdied all four par 3s on Thursday, the first time he's done that in his career. So it only was fitting that he got going on a par 3 on Friday. After six pars to start his round, Phil sank a 25 footer for birdie at the par-3 seventh to move into a share of the lead with Keegan Bradley at 12 under.

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Update #17: 4:07 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has yet to get things going. He just missed a birdie putt on No. 6 to grab a share of the lead. Lefty has six pars to begin the round and is still stuck at 11 under.

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Update #16: 3:38 p.m. EST

Pat Perez followed up an opening-round, 1-over 72 with an even-par 71 – or so he thought. Perez signed for 71 after Friday's round, but he had actually shot a second straight 72. The result was a disqualification. Also out of the tournament is Davis Love III, who withdrew due to a stiff neck.

And speaking of Pat Perez, he and David Toms each hold the lowest 36-hole score in PGA Tour history with a 124. Phil Mickelson needs a 63 today to best that mark.

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Update #15: 3:29 p.m. EST

Keegan Bradley is finished with an 8-under 63. He leads by one-shot at 12 under. Phil Mickelson is still at 11 under after three straight pars to begin his second round. Also, Kevin Na posted his best round of 2013, shooting 7-under 64 to move to 9 under. Na has missed two cuts in two events to begin the season (Sony and Humana).

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Update #14: 2:50 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson made par at No. 1 to begin his day. He's no longer your leader, though. That title belongs to Keegan Bradley right now. Bradley is heading into No. 9, his final hole of the day, at 12 under. He's 8 under for his round today.

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Update #13: 2:35 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson has just teed off. Can he repeat what he did Thursday when he shot 11-under 60? We will see, but he will definitely need another low number to keep his lead. He's currently tied for the lead at 11 under with Angel Cabrera, Keegan Bradley and John Rollins.

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Update #12: 2:22 p.m. EST

It hasn't been the type of start to the season that many were expecting from Bud Cauley. The former Alabama standout has missed two cuts already this season (Sony and Farmers) and also was T-37 at Humana despite a second-round 63. Cauley isn't inside the top 25 in any major statistical category, either.

He shot even-par 71 here in Phoenix on Thursday, making just two birdies. But he turned things around today, firing a 4-under 67 to give himself a chance at making his second cut of the season.

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Update #11: 2:15 p.m. EST

Keegan Bradley got out to a fast start earlier today, playing his first seven holes in 5 under. Bradley has since cooled off. He's 6 under through 15 holes, but that's still good enough to have him at 10 under overall and in a tie for second with four other players, including Ryan Moore, John Rollins, Angel Cabrera and Robert Garrigus.

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Update #10: 2:04 p.m. EST

Robert Garrigus is in the clubhouse with his second straight 5-under 66. Garrigus is 10 under overall and tied with Ryan Moore for second, one shot behind Phil Mickelson. Garrigus made six birdies and one bogey today after a round Thursday in which he made an eagle, four birdies and a par.

This is Garrigus' third event of the season. He was T-6 at Farmers and T-16 at Humana. The long hitter is fifth on the Tour in driving distance (308.1), third in greens in regulation percentage (79.17 percent) and sixth in all-around ranking (345).

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Update #9: 1:31 p.m. EST

Roberto Castro grabbed headlines a couple weeks ago, shooting 63 in the opening round at Humana. Castro hung around the top of the leaderboard for a couple days before ultimately falling back to T-37 at tournament's end. After a T-44 last week at the Farmers, Castro is back near he top of the leaderboard in Phoenix.

The former Georgia Tech player shot 6-under 65 on Thursday and so far today is 4 under through nine holes. After a solid 27 holes, Castro is tied for second with Robert Garrigus at 10 under, one shot behind Phil Mickelson, who tees off in less than an hour. Much like he did early at Humana, Castro is playing bogey-free golf, having not made anything less than par so far this week.

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Update #8: 1:05 p.m. EST

It's starting to get crowded near the top of the leaderboard, with Keegan Bradley (through 10), Jeff Maggert (15), Robert Garrigus (14) and Ryan Moore (11) all at 9 under, two back of Phil Mickelson.

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Update #7: 12:55 p.m. EST

Roberto Castro is now in solo second after Robert Garrigus gave back a shot at No. 5 to fall back to 9 under.

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Update #6: 12:49 p.m. EST

Keegan Bradley can't convert on a mid-range birdie attempt at No. 18 and makes the turn with a 5-under 31 and is currently solo fourth, two shots back of Phil Mickelson.

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Update #5: 12:44 p.m. EST

Angel Cabrera has jumped into the top-10 with three birdies over his first 10 holes (he has one bogey) to get to 7 under overall. The last time he finished in the top-10 was the 2011 McGladrey.

Meanwhile, Roberto Castro birdies the par-3 16th to move to 10 under, tied with Robert Garrigus one shot behind Phil Mickelson. Castro is 4 under through his first seven holes.

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Update #4: 12:41 p.m. EST

Don't look now, but Robert Garrigus is within a shot of the lead after a birdie at the par-3 4th hole. He is 5 under on his round and 10 under overall. He started his round on the back-nine, where he only had a pair of birdies.

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Update #3: 12:36 p.m. EST

We'll be keeping an eye on Keegan Bradley after his hot start, but he does pick up a pedestrian par at the short par-4 17th, not getting to the green off the tee. Bradley is two shots off Phil Mickelson's lead, joined by Robert Garrigus and Roberto Castro at 9 under.

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Update #2: 12:20 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup partner, Keegan Bradley, is lighting up TPC Scottsdale right now, going 5 under through his first seven holes. Bradley started on the back-nine (just like Mickelson on Thursday), and has three birdies and an eagle. He is currently playing the drivable par-4 17th.

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Update #1: 10:55 a.m. EST

Prior to the start of the second round, Davis Love III withdrew, citing a neck injury. Love shot a 1-over 72 in the first round, 12 shots behind Phil Mickelson.

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Round 1 coverage

TRACKER: In a week overshadowed by Vijay Singh's admittance of taking a banned substance, Phil Mickelson took command of the headlines Thursday at TPC Scottsdale. See how it unfolded.

OH, SO CLOSE: Phil Mickelson held his head in horror on the ninth green, his 18th of the day. His 26-foot putt birdie putt for 59 curled around the hole and stayed out. Story.

NO EXCUSES: Vijay Singh has no one to blame but himself. Apparently he agrees. Ostensibly that is why he said Wednesday that he is “angry” for unwittingly having taken a banned substance. In turn, he left himself open to a possible PGA Tour suspension. Story.

SINGH WITHDRAWS: Vijay Singh withdraws from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a day after saying he used deer-antler spray. Story.

MR. 59: Bo Van Pelt fired a course-record 59 in Wednesday's pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it won't go down in the record books because it was in the pro-am. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

READY TO GET ROWDY? It's almost here: "The Greatest Show on Grass." Last year a record 173,210 spectators packed TPC Scottsdale on Saturday for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here are 5 Things to expect this week . . . Story.

'SHOCKED:' Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Story.

WEEKLY PICKS: Half of our panel agrees that there is a man to beat this week: Nick Watney. And after a T-4 and T-13 to start the season, there is little reason to disagree. Our predictions.

DUFNER THE FAVORITE: Jason Dufner, a 12-1 favorite with Las Vegas oddsmakers, has contended in the past two Waste Management Phoenix Opens at TPC at Scottsdale, finishing tied for eighth last year after a runner-up showing in 2011. Story.

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