Mickelson builds lead at Bellsouth Classic

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Phil Mickelson says that he isn't shooting for any records this week at the BellSouth Classic. He says his focus is on preparing for the Masters.
At least one of his competitors says Mickelson looks like he's shooting for more than just momentum.
Mickelson shot a 65 Friday as he continued to attack the TPC at Sugarloaf course at a record pace.
J.J. Henry matched Mickelson's 65 to move into second at 134 - a total that would have led in five of the previous nine years. Instead, Henry is six shots off Mickelson's lead.
  • LPGA TOUR: Lorena Ochoa went from firing at flags to grinding over every shot as winds swirled under hazy clouds and made the Kraft Nabisco Championship feel more like a major.
    All that mattered was keeping her lead, and a 1-under 71 was enough to do that.
    Coming off a 62 in the first round, which tied the lowest score ever in a major, Ochoa twice scrambled for par and pieced together enough birdies to maintain her four-shot lead over 16-year-old Michelle Wie.
  • CHAMPIONS TOUR: Scott Simpson shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Tour veterans Gil Morgan and David Eger after a windy opening round at the Blue Agave Golf Classic.
    Simpson putted well to post a bogey-free round with five birdies.
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