Tiger, Mickelson together again at Players Championship

Tiger, Mickelson together again at Players Championship

American Nick Watney registered 66 to sit in sole second, while compatriot Peter Uihlein is in a group of four players one stroke further adrift after he recorded a remarkable bogey-free 62 to move to seven-under-par.

PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise almost had a collapse late until he salvaged a most unlikely bogey.

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) - Sung Hyun Park chipped in from behind the green for birdie on the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory in the LPGA Texas Classic, a tournament cut to 36 holes because of rain.

"That was going to be a devastating hole", he said.

But an inconsistent Day slowed down on the back nine when he bogeyed both the 13th and 14th to hand Aaron Wise - a surprise challenger, chasing his first PGA Tour title - an unlikely share of the lead. "So to turn it into a bogey.it gives me a shot tomorrow".

Day blasted a 9-iron out of the left rough with the wind at his back from 195 yards to 18 inches on No. 9 for his first birdie, and he was on his way. It was pretty cool to pull off some shots for par under the pressure. "I know the feeling and what it felt like to be No. 1 and I know what I had to do to get there".

Day said this shot wasn't that tough, even with his hands gripping down to the steel on a wedge.

Because of the rain delays and stop-and-start nature of the tournament, Park was part of a five-way tie for the lead going into the second and final round.




"He asked if he could be the world No. 1, I said absolutely", said Swatton, who would become Day's coach, caddie and confidant. Uihlein still hasn't won on the PGA Tour.

"Obviously power off the tee, he's a phenomenal driver", said Phil Mickelson, who also shot 69 and finished five shots back.

"Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes", Day said.

He already has won this year at Torrey Pines in a playoff over Alex Noren.

Day's victory didn't deliver him to that world ranking perch, but it did prove that the question that 14-year-old asked all those years ago still burns for an answer.

"I feel like it's right on the end of the tip", he said, smiling and rubbing together the tips of his fingers. "I missed a lot of fairways; missed a lot of greens, and my short game stood the test, which was nice".

"I've played it well and it's one of those golf courses that sets up well for me, it fits my eye". I definitely think it's just around the corner.

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