DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson and Steve Elkington were the co-leaders at the BellSouth Classic. For pure thrills, no one could match Jesper Parnevik.
Parnevik was two strokes behind Mickelson and Elkington after Friday's eventful second round, which included a hole-in-one and a 172-yard eagle.
Unfortunately for Parnevik, he also knocked a shot in the water for a double-bogey, costing him a spot with the leaders.
"Jesper wasn't really playing well at all," said Retief Goosen, who was in the Swede's group. "But he holed a couple of irons shots and a few long putts. It's a funny game."
Elkington and Mickelson had more conventional rounds and shared the lead at 11-under-par 133. Elkington, on top after Thursday, shot a 69; Mickelson pulled even with a 68.
Goosen and Padraig Harrington were one stroke back, while Parnevik was tied with Phil Tataurangi at 9-under 135.
Parnevik, dressed in a lime green sweater for his chilly morning round, holed out a 6-iron from 172 yards on the first hole.
"It got a lot warmer," he said, smiling.
Parnevik reached 12 under with his hole-in-one at No. 8, a 5-iron from 217 yards. That shot, he quipped, wasn't as memorable as the hole-in-one he made in a 1995 tournament in China.
"Heineken was sponsoring the tournament and gave me free beer for a year," Parnevik said. "Today, I didn't even get a car."
He gave back two shots by splashing a 7-iron into the water at 12, leading to a double-bogey. Another bogey at 17 left him with a 69.
Elkington found himself in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 1999. He was slowed by injuries the past two seasons.
"I have plenty of time," the 39-year-old Elkington said. "I feel fit now, and I feel I have a lot of good golf in me."
Starting on the back side, Elkington birdied three of his first four holes. He blasted out of the sand for a short putt at 10, the longest hole on the course at 608 yards. He sank a 20-foot putt at 12, followed by a 15-footer at the 13th.
Elkington had just one birdie and one bogey the rest of the way, settling into a par groove.
"My round was pretty plain all the way around," he said, though it did include "my best shot of the year" -- a flop shot over a bunker to 5 feet for birdie at No. 6.
Mickelson played the first 32 holes of the tournament without a bogey. He got to 12 under, then three-putted back-to-back greens before finishing with a 68.
"I played well," Mickelson said. "The golf course is playing a little bit harder because the greens are getting just a little slicker. But it's a very fair test. I'm not disappointed with 4 under."
Mickelson, the winner in 2000, sank a 25-foot birdie to get his round started. He also drove the green on the 310-yard 13th -- the shortest par-4 on the course -- and two-putted from 35 feet.
At 15, he muscled a wedge 15 feet over the hole, pushed the putt 8 feet past and missed that to take his first bogey.
He quickly got his second. At 16, Mickelson needed three putts to get down from 30 feet.
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