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Singh, Mickelson Share Lead in Final Round of BMW Championship

September 09, 2012

Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson share the lead at 16-under 200 as they start the final round of the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA Tour Playoffs events.

Singh, the second-round leader, shot a 3-under 69 yesterday, while Mickelson carded an 8-under 64 to catch up at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.

“I’ve one more to do,” said Singh, who won the FedExCup in 2008. “I’ve got to play a little better than what I did today. I’ve got to make less mistakes than I did today. I think I can do that.”

Mickelson made four straight birdies on the front nine and caught Singh with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 13th before adding three birdies in his last four holes.

“It’s taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest level again,” Mickelson told reporters. “I came out Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine. But after that, I’ve been able to settle down and play some good golf. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s shootout. It should be fun.”

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 golfer in the world and leader of the FedExCup points race, is tied with Lee Westwood for third at 15-under 201.

Tiger Woods is three off the lead at 13-under 203 after shooting a 1-under 71 to hold eighth place.

“I didn’t have much, and on top of that I made two really bad bogeys on seven and eight from the middle of the fairway, but at least I fought back where I have a chance going into tomorrow,” Woods said. “It’s probably going to take 63 or 64 tomorrow, but it can be done out here.”

Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus are grouped one ahead of Woods at 14-under.

“The cream has risen to the top, hasn’t it?” Westwood said.

The top 30 golfers on the FedExCup points list advance to the Tour Championship in two weeks.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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