Mickelson in hunt for third Travelers Championship title

27 June 2020 18:22:29 GMTPlus10

Phil Mickelson knows what it takes to win around TPC River Highlands and he's well placed to secure another success there after taking the halfway lead at the Travelers Championship.

'Lefty' is showing there is life in the old dog yet after following up his opening 64 with a sensational second round of 63 to move to -13, one shot clear of the field going into the weekend's action.

Mickelson turned 50 ten days ago but is showing no signs of hitting the Challenger Tour just yet, and a return to a course he loves appears to be having the desired effect as he looks to show he still has a winning role to play against the modern stars.

"This golf course is really one of my top favourite courses to play having won here, as I did, in 2001 and 2002, so I am excited to come back this year and to play well in putting two good rounds together," Mickelson said.

"I certainly enjoy the challenge trying to play my best against these great players that are coming up."

The five-time major winner made a slow start to his round on Friday, carding one bogey and three pars over his first four holes, but then reeled off eight birdies in his next 14 to take charge in Connecticut.

"It’s gotten better as the rounds have progressed," Mickelson added. "I’ve hit some good wedges but more than that I’ve given myself fair chances because I’ve hit a lot of fairways, especially today.

"I felt like I was playing aggressive then because of that."

There is still plenty of work to do to win his first tournament since the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2019, with Will Gordon and Mackenzie Hughes sharing second one shot back.

Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Brendan Steele, Marc Leishman and Brendon Todd are in a tie for fourth at -9, while a group of 11 are just one shot further back at -8.

Mickelson and McIlroy are both priced at 4001.00 to win the Travelers Championship, while Schauffele is 3001.00 alongside Bryson DeChambeau.

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