Phil hop­ing bo­gey his­tory will re­peat it­self for him

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THE LAST time Phil Mick­el­son made a quadru­ple bo­gey he won the event and the Amer­i­can is hop­ing that light­ning strikes twice as he moved into con­tention half­way through the WGC- HSBC Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment yes­ter­day.

Mick­el­son ran up a nine at the par-five eighth (his 17th hole) dur­ing Thurs­day’s open­ing round. The stern look on his face as he left the course sug­gested that any­one ap­proach­ing him for a pos­i­tive com­ment would do well to steer clear.

He was, how­ever, in a far more jovial mood yes­ter­day af­ter shoot­ing a four-un­der-par 68 that helped him climb back into con­tention af­ter an open­ing 71.

Mick­el­son may sit seven strokes be­hind run­away leader Dustin John­son, but the left­hander is only two shots be­hind a trio of play­ers tied for sec­ond place.

“The good news for me is I’m play­ing well, mak­ing a lot of birdies, and if can elim­i­nate some mis­takes, I should have a chance over the weekend,” the Bri­tish Open cham­pion told re­porters.

“That nine on my 17th hole yes­ter­day re­ally hurt, but I fought back to­day to get back in it. I’m go­ing to con­tinue to play ag­gres­sively be­cause I have to make birdies to catch the lead.

“Hope­fully I’ll elim­i­nate a few mis­takes here and there.”

As for the last time he made a quadru­ple bo­gey, Mick­el­son had no trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing ex­actly when and where it hap­pened.

“The Tour Cham­pi­onship, 14th hole at East Lake in 2009,” he said of the dis­as­ter which also came in his open­ing round. “I won the tour­na­ment, so it’s an omen.” – Reuters

AP PHOTO

KEEN EAR: Phil Mick­el­son, left, lis­tens to his cad­die be­fore tee­ing off at the WGC tour­na­ment in Shang­hai.

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