Phil Mickelson finishes PGA Championship on upbeat note
“I think I missed only one green he first 13 holes and had a lot of chances for birdies,” Mickelson said afterward. “I didn’t make any. Made one on 17. Otherwise, I had a nice (Nick) Faldo round going, where he won the British (Open) at Muirfield with no bogyes, no birdies. That’s kind of where I was headed until 17.”
Mickelson, who birdied that hole, says he feels like he is finally coming around after an extended period battling a wrist injury.
“I’ve probably had a three-month suspension, if feels like, for my year,” he said. “But, I feel like I’m able to resume. I wish this was just a couple of weeks later because I was finally able to start practicing. I just didn’t get all parts of my game going. I’ll spend next week working hard and hopefully I should be ready for the final four events of the year.”
Mickelson, among the early players to tee off, said he wouldn’t be surprised if someone went very low Sunday (Simon Dyson shot a 64 a little later).
“I thought the setup was great because you could attack some pins,” he said. “You could go after a lot of pins, there were a lot of birdie holes out there… So I think there’s some chances coming in for guys to make a move if they’re hitting it well and making a few putts.”
Does that mean Mickelson thinks someone can catch Tiger Woods?
“If the past is any sign of the future, then probably not,” Mickelson said. “But, you just never know in this game.”
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