Mickelson seizes the initiative

Updated: September 9, 2012

Phil Mickelson staged an inspired charge to grab the BMW championship spotlight and a share of the third round lead with a faltering Vijay Singh on Saturday.

With Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hogging the headlines through the opening two rounds, it was Mickelson’s turn to take centre stage, marching to a career high with 10 birdies in an eight-under 64 to join Singh on 16-under.

With only 30 of the 70 golfers teeing off at Crooked Stick Golf Club this week able to qualify for the September 20-23 Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million bonus, there was no shortage of players making big moves.

Briton Lee Westwood, who has never qualified for the Tour Championship, helped his chances with a four-under 68 to enter Sunday’s final round alongside world No 1 McIlroy (69), one stroke adrift of the leaders.

Australian Adam Scott (66) and Americans Robert Garrigus (66) and Dustin Johnson (67) sit two off the pace at 14-under with Woods lurking one shot further back after grinding his way to a one-under 71.

Golf fans could be in for a special treat on Sunday with a major championship quality leaderboard that features six major winners and four players who have held the No 1 ranking among the top 10 ready to slug it out.