Just when we thought that he had all the pieces of his game together and that from now on everything would be cream and butter, Phil Mickelson made us land hard on a place called reality.
Following five consecutive Top-10 finishes (including two victories at the
WGC – CA Championship and the Northern Trust Open), Phil had to birdie his last hole on Friday just to make the cut at the Players Championship. However, the weekend did not bring any improvements as a bad putting week led to rounds of 73, 71, 71 and 76, a final score of +3 and a tie for 55th. Mickelson finished double-bogey, bogey on Sunday after hitting his tee shot into the water on the infamous island green of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
“I just didn’t score well,” Phil Mickelson said after the tournament. “I didn’t putt well. I don’t know what the reason is right now.”
Phil doesn’t consider the Players Championship part of his run-up to the U.S. Open at Bethpage - a course he likes in a city he loves and where he is considered a golfing-hero by the local fans. But after a week’s rest, the run-up will begin with the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Crowne Plaza at Colonial, where he will be defending his title. He doesn’t plan to play in Jack’s Memorial Tournament, then play on to the Open.
“From next week on, there’s no break,” Mickelson said.