With Rory McIlroy way out in front at the 2011 U.S. Open, all that's left for the back of the pack to do is play for positioning. And while Bae Sang-Moon is doing that well, Phil Mickelson is struggling just as he has in the rest of his week at Congressional Golf Club.
Bae, an Asian Tour professional since 2004, is 5-under on his day through 13 holes, moving from a tie for 64th at 8-over to begin the day to a tie for 40th at 3-over. The 2011 U.S. Open is the first PGA Tour major in which Bae has made the cut, and he's looking good for having Sunday's best round.
Mickelson isn't having nearly as good a day. He's 1-over through 12 holes, and has gotten there in atypically boring fashion. Mickelson's made one bogey and 11 pars in his final round, and his swashbuckling style has failed to produce excitement or red numbers at Congressional all week.
If there's any consolation for Mickelson, it's that there's virtually no way he can fall to the very lowest rung of the U.S. Open leaderboard — 19-over Wes Heffernan and 18-over Brad Benjamin will be competing for that distinction — and that Lefty still finds himself one stroke ahead of fellow presumed contender Bubba Watson, who is 9-over for the tournament and 2-over for his final round.