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Phoenix Open notes: No. 16 becomes an ace factory

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Posted: Saturday, February 5, 2011 7:29 pm | Updated: 11:59 am, Tue Feb 8, 2011.

Those in charge of golf in this world picked a heck of a time for Australian Jarred Lyle to get his first hole-in-one as a professional.

Lyle aced the par-3, 16th hole during his second round on Saturday of the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

"Of all the holes to have a hole-in-one in the world, this is probably the best one that you can think of," Lyle said. "I thought it was going to fly a little bit too far up there, but when I saw it bounce and then bounce a second time, I thought this is pretty close and then it disappeared and I'm like 'Holy hell, it's in.'

"I think I dropped a naughty word up there, but I was just so excited that I didn't realize the camera was about three feet in front of my face. I dropped an F-bomb so there might be a letter in my locker next week."

There was almost another ace on same hole by the Valley's own Billy Mayfair. Having donned a Pat Tillman, Arizona State jersey just prior to the tee shot, Mayfair hit the pin. He went on to make birdie.

Other than the major tournaments, Phil Mickelson says playing the 16th hole, and playing it well, makes for one of the best moments in golf. Mickelson made birdie on the par 3 Saturday afternoon.

"That is a really fun hole," Mickelson said. "I love coming back and playing this tournament and Saturday is the greatest day here at the Phoenix Open. There's not a putt I wanted to make more than that one right there."

For the first time since a playoff loss in 2008, Mickelson is making his presence felt in his adopted hometown. His second round of 6-under-par 65 moved Mickelson to 10-under for the tournament and in a tie for fifth place.

Big Finish

If things go according to plan, tournament officials are expecting to crown their champion Monday morning after the final five or six holes of the final round are played.

Admission to the final day will be free and small concession stands will be open. No alcohol will be served.

The Golf Channel will televise Monday's play live.

Golfers played until dark today and will do the same Sunday as they get as many holes of golf in as they can. Those golfers in the final pairings of the third round did not tee off at all on Saturday.

36-hole cut

Among those missing the cut were Anthony Kim and one of the PGA Tour's hottest rookies, Jhonattan Vegas. Former champions Jesper Parnevik, Chris DiMarco, Kenny Perry and Mark Calcavecchia all missed the cut and former champion Rocco Mediate withdrew.

A bit tardy

The third round began Saturday at 4:45 p.m. on both the first and 10th tees. The leaders, Tommy Gainey, Mark Wilson and Bill Haas, will not begin their third round until 9:06 Sunday morning on the 10th tee. One group in front of that trio will be the threesome of Chris Couch, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson.


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