SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson has been oh-so-close to matching, or setting, PGA Tour records each day at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at par-71 TPC Scottsdale.
•On Thursday, his birdie putt — for a 59 — at the final hole lipped out, and he ended up with a 60.
•On Friday, Mickelson double-boegyed the final hole for a 65 to reach 17-under 125, a stroke off the Tour record for the first two rounds of a tournament set by Pat Perez in the 2009 Bob Hope Classic and matched by David Toms at Colonial in 2011.
•On Saturday, he kept up the good play with a 7-under 64.
Which brings us to Sunday.
At 24-under 189 he needs a final-round 64 or better to set a PGA Tour record. Following are the 72-hole records:
254: Tommy Armour III (64-62-63-65), The Resort at La Cantera (par 70), 2003 Valero Texas Open (26 under).
255: Steve Stricker (65-67-61-62), four courses (all courses, par 72), 2009 Bob Hope Classic (33 under)
256: Mark Calcavecchia (65-60-64-67), TPC Scottsdale (par 71), 2001 Phoenix Open (28 under); Russell Henley (63-63-67-63), Waialae CC (par 70), 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii (24 under)
257: Mike Souchak (60-68-64-65), Brackenridge Park GC (par 71), 1955 Texas Open (27 under); Tiger Woods (64-63-64-66), East Lake GC (par 70), 2007 TOUR Championship (23 under).
Mickelson, who leads Brandt Snedeker by six shots, also is in position to match the tournament record of three victories, set by Arnold Palmer and matched by Gene Littler and Calcavecchia. Mickelson won the last of his 40 PGA Tour titles 51 weeks ago at Pebble Beach.
"I know how good Snedeker is and how hot he can get with a putter," Mickelson said. "He can make birdie from just about anywhere. He's going to make a run (Sunday). I, hopefully, will be able to keep pace."
One record already has fallen this week: Estimated at 179,022, the third-round crowd broke the record of 173,210 set last year, also on a Saturday at fan-friendly TPC Scottsdale. The event has drawn 467,030 fans for the week and is in position to break the mark of 538,356 set in 2008.