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Phoenix Open 2013 leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker cuts Phil Mickelson's lead in half

It looks like Phil Mickelson won't be able to put things in cruise control on the back nine on Sunday, as Brandt Snedeker has cut his lead in half at the turn.


Brandt Snedeker is making things interesting at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, cutting a six-shot deficit to Phil Mickelson in half. Snedeker is considered among the best putters in the world, and he got it rolling towards the end of his front nine for an outward 31. At 22-under, he's now pushing Mickelson, who played the front with an even 35 to stay at 25-under for the tournament.

Snedeker birdied three of his last four holes before making the turn, applying some pressure to Mickelson. He got it going with the flatstick, a club that can immediately make this a contest down the stretch. He nearly cut the lead to two on No. 10, but his birdie putt burned the edge.

With the amount of birdie opportunities coming into the clubhouse, a three-shot lead can be wiped out in less than a half-hour. It appeared Mickelson took all the momentum when he drilled a 56-foot putt across the green on No. 7. Mickelson had to putt through the fringe and over a hill just to get it to the portion of the green where the cup was located. Once over the undulation, it started tracking dead center and rolled firmly into the back of the cup. Mickelson threw both arms up in celebration, and while it was the highlight of the front nine, Snedeker quickly stepped and drained his birdie putt to match.

It's not entirely a two-horse race, as Ryan Moore could make things interesting if he gets hot over his final eight holes. Moore is 5-shots back at 20-under and is known for being one of the streakiest players on Tour. He's just one hole ahead of the final group but he'll need to go crazy coming in and also hope that both Snedeker and Phil either come back or stall out. That appears highly unlikely at this point, given the way Snedeker is putting.

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