One week after
his exciting win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Phil Mickelson showed signs of fatigue during the four days of the prestigious Memorial Tournament in Dublin, OH and could not do better than finish in a tie for 20th. Phil shot rounds of 72, 75, 70 and 73 for a total of 290 (+2) and in every round did mix sensational long and short game with terrible speed on the greens and mistakes off the tee.
The title went to Kenny Perry who continued his excellent form in the last weeks and did win the Memorial Tournat for the third time. Perry did join Tiger Woods as the only two players to win the title three times. He also pretty much secured his participation in the 2008 Ryder Cup to be played in his native Kentucky in September and climbed to number 7 in the OWGR.
Phil is going to take next week (Stanford St. Jude Championship) off and start his preparations for the US Open at Torrey Pines immediately. There will be plenty at stake: While Mickelson could not significantly reduce the gap to world number one Tiger Woods in the OWGR, Tiger’s lead in the 2008 race for the FedEx Cup has been reduced to barely 2,128 points. 2nd place in the US Open could therefore be enough for Phil to overtake Tiger for the number one spot. However, only if Tiger does finish outside the Top-8 in La Jolla - is there anybody out there who seriously believes that?