A hot and sunny Saturday at Riviera where the course seemed vulnerable, producing a bunch of 68s and 69s but no killer low round (well except Rich Beem's hole-in-one aided 65).
Phil Mickelson summed it up in his post round gathering with the scribblers (where I'm typing this literature): "it's hard to make a lot of birdies and hard to make a lot of bogies."
His sitdown included a beautiful rally killler:
Q. I'm running a story about your old college roommate PerUlrik Johansson, he has lost all of his playing rights here in the States, and in Europe, can you give me a comment about that?
It's rather startling to see Padraig Harrington at 12 under considering how often he's short-siding himself, and also how many times he tried to play a pitch and run through the kikuyu. The most starting show, however, came at the 6th where he missed left of the green but had a nice bank behind the hole to throw his chip and have it go up a slope, then roll back down within five feet. He instead tried a spinning shot close to the hole that had no chance, and naturally he faced an 15-footer for par.
Here's what he said after.
6, I hit a 4- or 5iron left of the green. And then chipped it by it was short. I chipped it well by the hole and missed the putt. Seemingly I could have chipped it up the side of the green and it would have come back down. I didn't happen to notice that. My playing partner told me that as I was going up the next hole.
Q. Are you saying that was Phil that showed that to you and not Charles?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Yes.
Nice of Phil to give him some help!
Media center affairs were rather dull other than the brief power outage and Marty Hackel's green-pant-pink-shirt-yellow belt ensemble. He declined to be photographed. I will try again tomorrow though, so look out Marty!