Mickelson in the hunt

19 September 2021 20:17:44 GMTPlus11
Phil Mickelson is in contention at the Fortinet Championship

Phil Mickelson is in contention ahead of the final round of the Fortinet Championship as he bids to start the 2021/22 PGA Tour season with a victory.

Mickelson is 751.00 to claim the title at Silverado Country Club with Maverick McNealy, tied for the lead through 54 holes, a 34.00 shot. Co-leader Jim Knous is 301.00 for Fortinet glory.

Two-way tie at the top

McNealy and Knous are locked together at 14 under par in California with Max Homa, Scott Stallings, Mito Pereira, Troy Merritt and Beau Hossler all two shots adrift. Veteran Mickelson is four shots behind the leading pair heading into the final round.

Mickelson has 45 PGA Tour titles to his name and, while trophies have proved increasingly hard to come by in recent seasons, he did produce one of the performances of 2021 when he rolled back the years to claim the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May.

I'm in a position where a good round tomorrow will do some good.

Phil Mickelson

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Speaking after shooting a third-round 67, Lefty admits that he requires a low final round at Silverado but he's looking forward to the challenge.

"I needed to get a couple of fairways hit because it was so much easier from the fairways getting to these pins. I just rolled a couple in, so it was nice," said Mickelson.

"I'm in a position where a good round tomorrow will do some good, and it's fun to have a little later tee time and to feel some of the nerves and so forth.

"I know I'm going to have to shoot probably seven, eight, nine under par to have a chance, but either way it's fun having that chance."

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