Masters Golf Tournament 2011: Phil Mickelson Shooting -2, In 20th Place After Second Round

Phil Mickelson looks to win the Masters again, and after shooting even par in the second round, is eight strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.

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Phil Mickelson Masters Update: Shoots Even Par In Round Two, Tied For 20th Place

Phil Mickelson overcame an inconsistent start to finish the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament with an even 72 on the day. Mickelson sits at 20th overall, tied with nine other golfers at -2 overall over the first two days.

Lefty made four birdies and four bogeys over the first eleven holes, and then evened out his performance by making par on the remaining holes. The real question for Mickelson: will he be able to catch up to red-hot Rory McIlroy?

McIlroy currently holds down first place on the leaderboard with a -10 over two days. The 21-year old has only bogeyed once and has a two stroke lead over the closest challenger, Jason Day. 

Mickelson is confident that he can return to form during the weekend rounds and win the Masters. His confidence level is quite surprising, actually. From a USA Today article:

Yes, he's been impressed with the play of McIlroy.

"He's a great player," Mickelson said, "It's no surprise at all. He hits the ball long. I expect him to play well on this golf course throughout his career."

But, he added, "There's a lot of golf left in this tournament, and I'm going to be making a run at him and the other guys ahead of me here on Saturday."

Where does he get the confidence to make a declaration like that?

"Three green jackets? I don't know," said Mickelson, drawing some laughs.

The tee times for tomorrow have yet to be released, but will be available at 6:00 P.M. Pacific time tonight. The Masters will be broadcast on CBS from here on out.

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Masters 2011: Phil Mickelson Tied For 14th Overall After First Round

Phil Mickelson put together a respectable first round of play at Augusta National on Thursday afternoon, shooting two under par (-2) and finding himself tied for 14th place after all participants finished their rounds.

Judging from his scorecard, Lefty played well, but didn't take too many risks. He made par on 14 of 18 holes, with three birdies and one bogey. Unfortunately for him, the bogey came on the 18th, pushing his score down to -2 where it will stay overnight.

Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros top the leaderboard after impressive seven under par performances (-7). McIlroy had seven birdies and zero bogeys, while Quiros had eight birdies and a bogey on the day.

Mickelson is one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, who sits at -1 after the first round. Mickelson tees over at 7:30 AM Pacific time on Friday, again partnering up with Geoff Ogilvy (-3) and Peter Uihlein (E), an amateur who currently is a junior at Oklahoma State University.

For more golf coverage, check out Waggle Room. Watch the Masters on ESPN tomorrow, with CBS taking the reins for the weekend coverage.

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