1997 Buick Invitational - Third Round Notes

  • Moving day at the Buick. The best round of the day was Jay Don Blake's whose 66 puts him in first place, two shots ahead of Mike Hulbert (67), and Mark O'Meara (71). Other notable "upwardly movers" were Billy Andrade (67), Tim Herron (69), and Donnie Hammond (68). Among those notables who shot themselves out of contention are Frank Lickliter (76), Tom Kite (74), Scott Gump (76), and Phil Mickelson (77). Phil's round included 3 bogeys, two boubles, and an eagle. He moved from tied for 7th to tied for 45th.

  • The was no change in the weather and the South course played the same as in previous days, with a scoring average of 72.765. There were 10 eagles today, 6 of them on the par-5 18th hole.

  • Shot of the Day: Phil Mickelson pitched in from just off the green on the 13th hole for the only eagle of the day on that hole.

  • The Contenders: There are 23 players within seven shots. If weather conditions prevail, there is a good chance of a multi-player playoff. The 18th hole will prove to be decisive tomorrow. It's a very reachable par-5, with a pond guarding the front of the green. Players can score anything from a 3 to a 7 and win it or lose it here.

  • More Mickelson: For sale at the Torrey Pines Pro-Shop is the "Sportscope". It's a portable periscope that lets you peek over other people's heads. Similar to those in vogue long time ago at golf tournaments and parades, only this "scope" comes with sophisticated adjustable lenses, military camouflage colors, and a handy portable pouch. It's manufactured by the Mickelson Group, Inc., of San Diego, California. Phil's dad.

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