Mickelson barely makes cut, Bowditch takes lead

The Associated Press /

Published Mar 29, 2014 at 12:01AM

SAN ANTONIO — Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number in the Texas Open on Friday, blasting out of a greenside water hazard to 5 feet to set up a birdie on the final hole.

Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 after opening with a 77 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136.

Mickelson was in the stream that runs in front of the 18th green after attempting to reach the par 5 in two from 288 yards with a 3-wood.

Bowditch holed out from 83 yards for an eagle on the par-4. The 30-year-old topped the leaderboard at the end of a round for the first time in his PGA Tour career.

Chad Collins and rookie Andrew Loupe were a stroke back. Collins shot 66, and Loupe had a 70.

Also on Friday:

Carter starts strong to take lead: CARLSBAD, Calif. — Dori Carter might have gotten a bit ahead of herself late in the second round of the Kia Classic. She still left everyone else behind. After birdieing six of the first seven holes on the back nine, Carter bogeyed the final two holes for an 8-under 64. The round was her lowest in competition and broke the Aviara course record. Winless on the LPGA Tour, the former University of Mississippi player had 11 birdies and three bogeys. At 10-under 134, she had a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr.

Europe still leads: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and South Korea’s Kim Hyung-sung helped Asia cut Europe’s lead to 7-3 in the EurAsia Cup, beating Danes Thomas Bjorn and Thorjorn Olesen 4 and 3 in foursomes play.