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Lefty, Haas share lead at Farmers Open

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:27 PM
SAN DIEGO -

Phil Mickelson found the trick to playing the revamped South Course at Torrey Pines and left himself one round away from winning on a course that once felt like home.

Going against his nature, Mickelson played it safe Saturday and wound up with a 4-under 68 to share the lead with Bill Haas going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Haas missed a 4-foot putt par putt on the last hole for a 71.

It has been 10 years since Mickelson won his third title at Torrey Pines, a public course he grew up playing in San Diego.

"I love playing well in this tournament, and I've missed it," he said.

Tiger Woods, who has not lost a tournament at Torrey Pines since 2004, shot himself out of the tournament with careless mistakes. Woods had a 2-over 74, ending his streak of 21 rounds at par or better on the South Course in PGA Tour events. He was eight shots behind, his largest 54-hole deficit at Torrey since 2004.

Even with his longtime nemesis out of the way, Mickelson doesn't see an easy path to winning.

Haas is coming off a two-win season in 2010, and lost in a playoff a week ago at the Bob Hope Classic. He kept making enough birdies to keep in front of Mickelson, including a 25-foot putt on the 15th, the toughest on the course.

They were at 12-under 204.

Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson each made eagle on the par-5 18th to shoot 69 and were one shot behind. Another shot back was Anthony Kim, showing signs of turning his game. Kim escaped with only a bogey on the 15th after an adventure through the eucalyptus trees, and birdied the 18th for a 71.

PGA EUROPEAN: Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 to share the third-round lead in the Volvo Champions in Riffa, Bahrain.

Casey had a bogey-free round and Hanson dropped one shot - on his first hole. They shared the lead at 16-under 200, while Darren Clarke (67) and James Kingston (67) were a shot back.

The leading eight players were separated by only three strokes.

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