Yesterday’s leader, Phil Mickelson fell 3 spots today to T4/-7 and shot a +2/72. Today was not the bogy free round that Phil produced yesterday. He had 4 bogyes today with 1 eagle, 1 birdie, and 12 pars. That single eagle was on his first hole of the day, the par 5, 1st. He hit a 189 yard 8 iron for his approach. On my best day that’s at least a 5 iron. The driver however was what did Phil in. He only found about half of the fairways and had 12 more puts in round 2. The lead is now in sole posession of Scott McCarron at -10 who shot a -3/68 today and a -7/64 yesterday. He scored 5 birdies, 11 pars, and 2 bogeys today, including a chip in from just off the green on the par 4, 3rd hole. Not a bad round for the UCLA grad.

After shooting a +2/74 yesterday, young Japanese star, Ryo Ishikawa was E/71 today, but he missed the cut by 3 strokes. Overall, that’s not a terrible debut for a 17 year old. Missing the cut by 3 is way better than hitting double digits over par in a round which is something that you would expect from a teenager. I can’t wait to see how he plays at the Masters. Not that I’m expecting any crazy scores or even a top 15 finish, but this should show us  just how ready this kid really is.

Steve Stricker and Tommy Armour III are both sitting T2/-8. After tanking a Sunday lead at the Bob Hope Classic earlier this year, Stricker has to feel pretty good about his Friday round. He moved all the way up from T21 to start the day. Rounding out the top 10: Geoff Ogilvy, K.J. Choi, Pat Perez, Rory  Sabbatini, and Luke Donald are joining Phil Mickelson at T4/-7 and Andres Romero, Kevin Na, Bill Lunde, and last week’s winner, Dustin Johnson are T10/-6.

The Picks:

Mike Weir: T67/-1

Phil Mickelson: T4/-7

Luke Donald: T4/-7

Kenny Perry: T24/-4