Phil Mickelson builds 4-shot lead at PGA Tour Champions debut

Phil Mickelson on Tuesday moved into even better position to win in his PGA Tour Champions.

Building on his opening 61, Mickelson fired a second-round 64 that gave him a four-shot lead at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson is at 17-under 125, four clear of Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic, heading into the final round of the 54-hole event.

Averaging 340 yards off the tee, the newly 50-year-old Mickelson added eight more birdies in the second round. After going out in 31, Mickelson made his lone mistake of the day on No. 10 before following up with three birdies in his next four holes. He’s now recorded the lowest score in each of the first two rounds.

A 44-time PGA Tour winner, Mickelson is looking to become the 20th player to win in his senior debut. Pampling and Petrovic have yet to win on the PGA Tour Champions.

 Tee times have been moved up Wednesday in anticipation of afternoon thunderstorms. Final-round coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

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