I just had the feeling that after his final round 65 at the Barclays on Sunday, Phil Mickelson may have found his stroke and have a good tournament at The Deutsche Bank Championship. Mickelson, starting his day on the back nine at TPC Boston, shot a seven under par 28, and made the turn looking at a 59 for his first round efforts. Playing with Tiger Woods, and Adam Scott, the world’s number one, and two players, Lefty had all of the incentive necessary to post a low score.
His problems started at the first hole(his back nine) when he carded his first bogey of the day. He followed it immediately with an eagle three at the par five second hole that nearly went for an albatross, He pounded a six iron from 208 yards that took a look at the hole, but wouldn’t make the turn. With his putter on fire, three was an easy score.
Mickelson said after his round that he had 59 in his site until he didn’t get birdie at four. He indicated that tying history was an unrealistic goal, and settled back in, to just put up the best score he could.
He had it to nine under par with a birdie at eight, but quickly gave one back at nine to post a 63 for his day at eight under par. The score would stand up until late in the afternoon when Brit, Brian Davis birdied the last three holes to match Phil’s effort and post his own 63 on the day.
Even at just over a 78% Driving Accuracy, and hitting almost 78% of his greens in regulation, which is good for Mickelson who can get a bit wild off the tee at times, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that his 63 was the result of a 4.321 strokes gained putting number. He averaged 1.357 putts per green for his day.
Mickelson, Woods, and Scott will play together again on Saturday, and their later tee time should push them into the broadcast schedule, and we should be able to see the best players in golf. Tiger Woods finished his day at three under par, and Adam Scott finished at two over par in a tie for 87th position.
Stay tuned…this is going to be good!!