Mickelson has fans rocking at Phoenix Open

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 6:03 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson drew the loudest roars from the biggest crowd in golf history Saturday at the Phoenix Open, nearly acing the par-3 16th to set up a birdie on the rowdy stadium hole.

The third-round crowd estimated at 179,022 broke the tournament record of 173,210 set last year, also on a Saturday at fan-friendly TPC Scottsdale.

Mickelson birdied the final four holes and five of the last six for a 7-under 64 and a six-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker.

The 42-year-old former Arizona State star has led after each round, opening with a 60 and shooting a 65 on Friday. He fell a stroke short of the tour record for the first 54 holes, and matched the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.

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