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Mickelson stretches BellSouth advantage

Phil Mickelson says that he isn't shooting for any records this week at the BellSouth Classic. He says his focus is on preparing for the Masters.

At least one of his competitors says Mickelson looks like he's shooting for more than just momentum.

Mickelson shot a 65 Friday as he continued to attack the TPC at Sugarloaf course at a record pace.

One day after matching the course record with a first-round 63, Mickelson was 7 under in the second round to set a tournament record for 36 holes at 16-under 128.

Mickelson said his emphasis is to carry some steam into the Masters next week. He said he isn't thinking about setting a PGA scoring record.

"I think that the way that the course is continually getting more difficult, I think that's unrealistic," Mickelson said, adding "What you're talking about is not in my mind, no."

The PGA record for most strokes under par through four rounds on a par-72 course is 29 under by Joe Durant in the 2001 Bob Hope Classic.

Mickelson is on pace to finish at 32-under 256. The PGA record low total for 72 holes is 254 by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open.

"I think at the moment Phil is the only one really doing the fireworks," said Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot an 8-under 64 in the second round. "I think he's the one that really maybe has that record in his sight."

Even with an impressive two-day total of 135, Olazabal still trails Mickelson by seven strokes going to today's third round (3 p.m., Ch. 2).


Simpson leads pair

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Scott Simpson shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Champions Tour veterans Gil Morgan and David Eger after the opening round at the Blue Agave Classic.

Former Crag Burn pro Lon Nielsen is 10 strokes back.

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