Mickelson Misses Cut at Colonial, Chance to Pass Woods Atop Golf Ranking

Phil Mickelson won’t pass Tiger Woods for the No. 1 ranking in golf this week.

Mickelson, who would have jumped to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with a victory at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Colonial tournament, finished the first two rounds at 4-over par and is 17 shots off the lead. With the projected cut for weekend play at 1-under, Mickelson is headed home.

The left-hander had five bogeys and two birdies in his round today at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, following a 1-over par 71 yesterday.

Bryce Molder leads the tournament at 13-under after an 8- under 62 today and a first-round 65. Brian Davis and Kris Blanks are two shots back.

Mickelson would have joined Vijay Singh and David Duval as the only players to unseat Woods since he first earned the No. 1 ranking in 1998. Mickelson never has been higher than his current No. 2 spot, a place he has held for 244 weeks over a career that includes four major titles among 38 Tour victories.

Since the world ranking debuted in 1986, 12 players have held the top spot. Woods has been ranked No. 1 for the last 259 weeks and for 601 weeks during his pro career, which began in 1996.

Woods and Mickelson are expected to play in next week’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, marking Woods’s return from a neck injury.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net.

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