Phil Mickelson at PGA Championship: a 69 that "felt" like a 75
“This is the first week I feel just terrific,” Mickelson said afterward. “I haven’t had any problems, haven’t even thought about it. This is the first week I haven’t had to numb it. Or last week was the first week I haven’t had to numb it up. My game is better. My hand feels pretty good, and I’m excited about playing golf.”
He wasn’t too excited about his round, even though his 69 was among the better rounds of the day. Mickelson said it felt more like a 75.
“It just feels like I’m leaving, four, five shots out there is all,” Mickelson said. “…I feel like I’m playing a lot better than I’m scoring. That’s what’s been frustrating.”
That’s been a familiar theme this week.
Mickelson played a practice round earlier this week with current leader Scott Verplank, and said he “sensed” Verplank would do well.
“I felt the golf course sets up perfectly for him for the way the doglegs roll,” Mickelson said. “…He spent a lot of time in Oklahoma and Texas with this Bermuda rough. He’s able to get up and down on the greens. If he hits a poor shot, he can salvage par. I think he’ll be the guy to beat this week.”
Mickelson’s prediction might have something to do with the fact he and Verplank are good friends.
“Absolutely,” Mickelson said. Now, certainly I’m going to try to gun for him. But, if I’m not able to catch him, he’s one of the most well thought-of individuals on tour. And I think a lot of people are pulling for him.”
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