Mickelson avoids watery grave

Jul 14, 2007 - 1:21 PM By Mark Garrod Special to PA SportsTicker

LOCH LOMOND, Scotland (Ticker) - Phil Mickelson does not yet walk on water, but he showed on Saturday he can make birdies from it.

The world No. 3 grabbed a share of the third-round lead in the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond - and the manner of it brought a huge smile to his face.

Mickelson, one behind France's Gregory Havret and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara at halfway, hit his approach to the 518-yard third into the edge of the pond right of the green.

When he arrived at the spot, he saw a chance to splash the ball out. He put his waterproofs on and without any delay - he did not fancy the idea of sinking without trace - swung and was delighted to see the ball finish 10 feet from the flag.

Holing the putt for a birdie four was a bonus, but it lifted him to 10-under and alongside not only Havret and Lara, but also Finland's former British amateur champion Mikko Ilonen.

Angel Cabrera, the reigning U.S. Open champion, looked set to make a big move through the field as well when he turned in 33. Then came a double-bogey seven on the 13th and the Argentinian had to settle for a 2-under 70.

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