Mickelson takes 6-shot lead in Phoenix Open

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PHIL MICKELSON birdied the last four holes on Saturday to take a six-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale.

The 42-year-old former Arizona State star has led after each round, opening with a 60 and shooting a 65 on Friday.

He fell a stroke short of the tour record for the first 54 holes and matched the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 with a three-round total of 24-under 189 following a round of 7-under 64.

Mickelson nearly aced the par-3 16th to set up a birdie to the delight of a loud stadium crowd.

The third-round crowd estimated at 179,022 broke the tournament record of 173,210 set last year, also on a Saturday. Noli Cruz

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