Marc Laird Rises at Phoenix Open

Scotland’s Martin Laird fired his second straight 5-under 66 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, giving him a 2-stroke lead after 36 holes.

Laird was almost perfect, suffering only a bogey on No. 18, and that after a stretch of four birdies in five holes on the back nine. He leads American Daniel Berger by two strokes.

Day One leader Ryan Palmer followed up his 64 with a 1-over 72 to fall back to 6-under, four strokes off the lead. He’s tied there with Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera among others.

The two biggest names in the tournament vanished from sight, quite literally. Fan favorite Phil Mickelson struggled to a 5-over 76 to plunge into a tie for 94th at 3-over, missing the cut by two strokes.

Mickelson never gave himself a chance, recording six bogeys in the round.

But if it was any consolation, he did a lot better than Tiger Woods, who flamed out spectacularly with an 11-over 82, the worst round of his professional career. Woods’ round consisted of two birdies, five bogeys, two double bogeys, and a triple-bogey 8 on No. 15.

Woods finished in 132nd place, also known as dead last.

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