Lefty in familiar spot
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Champions Tour player of the year Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead in the Allianz Championship with first-round leader Craig Stadler and England’s Mark James. “I’d love to play as well as I did today for the rest of my life,” Haas said. “It was just a nice round of golf. I drove the ball really well, hit a lot of good iron shots, made some real nice putts.” Stadler followed his opening 63 with a 70 to join Haas and James (69) at 11-under 133 on The Old Course at Broken Sound. GOLD COAST, Australia – Karrie Webb knocked in 10 birdies for a course-record 62 around Royal Pines and moved into a share of the lead at the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters with fellow Australian Michelle Ellis. Webb, who won last week’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney, will be looking for her sixth victory in the Masters today. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez fired a 3-under 69 and Englishman Marcus Higley shot a 70 to share the lead heading into the final round of the Malaysian Open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This was only the wet, cold, windy and miserable Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, in which patience is tested not by 6-inch rough but six-hour rounds. The similarity Saturday was Mickelson tied for the lead going into the final round, the first time he’s been in that position since last summer at Winged Foot. All he has to do now is write a better ending, though redemption didn’t even cross his mind. PEBBLE BEACH – The conditions were the toughest that Phil Mickelson has faced in eight months, a day of survival when it was important to keep the ball in play and keep big numbers off the scorecard. That’s the kind of language often used at the U.S. Open. “I don’t really think in those terms,” Mickelson said. “I would like to get off to a good start this year and I love playing this tournament, having won it a couple of times. It would be nice to get momentum on the West Coast.” Mickelson made only two small errors at Spyglass Hill and shot a 2-under 70 to put him at 14-under 202. He was tied with Kevin Sutherland, who birdied the last hole at Poppy Hills and also found himself in a familiar spot. It was the second time in three weeks that he birdied the last hole to get into the final round. And it was the second time all the focus was on somebody else. He had Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him at Torrey Pines. Now he gets Mickelson at his side at Pebble Beach. “That’s to be expected,” Sutherland said. “I’m playing well right now. I’m shooting scores that I should be shooting, given the way I’m playing. So I feel good about tomorrow.” John Mallinger, a 27-year-old rookie, had a 68 at Poppy and was one shot behind.