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U.S. Open 2011: Phil Mickelson Makes His Move Toward Leaderboard, Rory McIlroy

While the greater golfing world is focused on Rory McIlroy and his incredible climb on the first two days of the 2011 U.S. Open — as they should be — one of the world’s most recognizable golfers of the last quarter century is silently making his own move. While he’s still nowhere near the -10 of Rory McIlroy through one-and-a-half rounds, Phil Mickelson is beginning a slow, steady climb with a solid showing through the first half of Day Two.

Mickelson already has three birdies along the front eight with the massive par-five coming up on hole No. 9. That’s a great run thus far on Friday’s play, and it’s good that Mickelson found some consistency overnight, since Thursday’s opening round was atrocious for someone so storied. Mickelson started well enough with an early birdie, but finished with three bogeys and a double bogey to end up +3 on the day. Currently, he’s back at Even and tied at No. 18 overall.

We will continue to cover McIlroy’s progress as well as Mickelson’s climb throughout the day. Stay tuned for more coverage.

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