Phil Mickelson makes it to weekend in Phoenix Open

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“I had two sloppy bogeys coming down the stretch, but I will take it,” Watson said.

Jones birdied four of his last six holes. He also played in the morning.

“We definitely got the good side of the draw,” Jones said.

Despite the cooler weather, the tournament set an attendance record for the third straight day with an estimated crowd of 123,674. Since Monday, an estimated 313,054 people have attended the event. The seven-day record of 538,356 was set in 2008.

It also was expected to be cool over the weekend, with highs in the low-60s.

Jones is a regular at the course, but doesn’t consider that an advantage.

“The golf course is so different tournament week than it is when you play out here regularly,” he said. “It’s a lot harder, a lot faster. The greens are a lot quicker. The pins are a lot more tucked. It’s like a new golf course when you come here for a tournament.”

Brandt Snedeker had the best round, a 64 in the morning to reach 8 under.

“My putting, plain and simple,” Snedeker said. “I hit the ball extra good yesterday and had some of the worst putting I had all year. Today, I kind of did the opposite.”

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