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Mickelson maintains lead by 1

| Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

Phil Mickelson wasn't at his best Friday at Riviera. Two shots at least helped him stay in the lead in Los Angeles.

Despite having only two birdie chances inside 15 feet, Mickelson holed out from the eighth fairway for eagle and chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th. That carried him to a 1-under-par 70 and a one-shot lead over Pat Perez in the Northern Trust Open.

Mickelson made three par saves from outside 10 feet, starting with his opening hole at the par-4 10th. He went from the front bunker to the back bunker, blasted out safely to 18 feet and curled in the par putt.

Greensburg native Rocco Mediate shot 72 and failed to make the cut.

European PGA Tour

In New Delhi, Peter Whiteford of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 yesterday for a two-shot lead after the second round of the Avantha Masters.

He moved to 10-under 134 at the halfway point as he seeks his first European Tour victory.

Prom Meesawat of Thailand is second at 8-under after shooting 64 in the second round.

Champions Tour

In Naples, Fla., Larry Mize shot a 10-under 62 yesterday to grab the first-round lead at the ACE Group Classic.

Mize eagled No. 17 and birdied the 18th to finish off his round.

Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran are close behind after each shot 64.

LPGA Tour

In Chonburi, Thailand, Karrie Webb had a birdie and three pars in the completion of the lightning-delayed second round of the LPGA Thailand to increase her lead to three strokes.

Webb finished with a 7-under 65 to reach 11-under. The Australian aced the 159-yard 12th hole with a 6-iron Friday and followed with a bogey and a par before play was called for the day. She also birdied the final four holes on the front nine. South Koreans Jiyai Shin and Na Yeon Choi were tied for second. Shin completed her 66 on Friday. Choi finished off a 68 on Saturday, matching Webb with a birdie on the par-4 17th.

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