Phil Mickelson is weaker and 10 pounds lighter from a bout with food poisoning, but still in the same position he was at this time last year -- tied for the lead going into the weekend of the Buick Invitational.
On what might be the last day of dry weather, Mickelson had an 8-under 64 on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines to pull into a share of the 36-hole lead with Davis Love III, who beat him out of a win last week at Pebble Beach.
Mickelson, who stopped Tiger Woods' PGA Tour winning streak at six when he won the Buick Invitational last year, was at 132 and hopeful that his best golf was ahead of him.
"As the week has gone on, I've slowly felt better and better," he said. "Hopefully, by tomorrow or Sunday I'll be 100 percent."
Love joined him at 12-under 132.
First-round leader Brent Geiberger was another stroke back after a 69, while K.J. Choi had a 65 and was at 134 going into today's third round (3 p.m., Ch. 4).
Woods can't seem to play this tournament without flirting with a missed cut. He did that two years ago and came back to shoot 62-65 on the weekend and win. The "cut watch" was on last year, too, and Woods pulled himself together and was tied for the lead with five holes to play before finishing second.
This time, he was only five out of the lead and still battling the same symptoms -- a bad swing at the worst time, and good putts that seem to defy gravity.
He was at 2 under and around the cut line until a two-putt birdie on No. 9 of the South Course and a 30-foot eagle putt on the 13th. He wound up with a 67 for 137.
"I've been saying it all year -- I'm not that far off," Woods said. "I just have to stay patient. I've been through this before and when it clicks, it's going to be pretty good."Around the links
Spain's Jose Maria Canizares shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Dana Quigley and Mike McCullough in the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. Canizares, seeking his first senior title, made a 25-foot eagle putt on No. 16 and played the final four holes in 4 under. He lost to Lanny Wadkins last year in a playoff.
Sergio Garcia shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over host Greg Norman in the Greg Norman Holden International in Sydney, Australia.
Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb are at it again in the LPGA's Takefuji Classic in Keauhou, Hawaii, with Sorenstam taking a two-stroke lead into the final round. Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67 for a 7-under 137 total. Webb had a 69 to join Lorie Kane, A.J. Eathorne and Cristie Kerr at 139.