After getting off to one of the worst seasons in his career, and not making any top 10’s during the spring, I kinda knew Phil Mickelson might be in trouble when he got to Augusta, and the 2014 Masters. His only success during the spring was in Abu Dhabi, and his health wasn’t helping.
The three-time Masters Champion pulled a muscle in Texas at The Valero Texas Open, and it was questionable at his age if he should have played in Houston the following week. But the time he took off for family, forced him into squeezing the back-to-back events into his schedule and I think may have been too much for the 43 year-old super-star.
He seems to have been having his usual trouble keeping his driver in the fairway, but it was his usual, very strong short game that let him down this spring, along with his putter. He occasionally has made a long put this spring, but they were few, and far between.
His early trip home started at the 7th hole on Thursday with a triple bogey seven. He looked to be back on track when he got to the back nine before the 15th hole got him for a double that took away any momentum. He had a little success on Friday until another triple bogey in Amen Corner put the stake in his heart.
In an article from Golf.com, Phil tells us what happened to him this week:
“It was okay,” Mickelson said after signing his card Friday. “I didn’t play great. I didn’t play bad. I keep making these triples. They’re tough to overcome. I felt there were some birdies out there. The greens were receptive, and the wind is what made it tricky. There were some birdie pins out there. If you played well you could make some birdies.”
“That’s what I’ve been nervous about is having a hole like 7 yesterday, a hole like 12 today, where I go along, making pars, putting the ball in the right spot and you just get a bad situation,” Mickelson said. “And instead of one [stroke] sliding, two or three are going away. That’s the kind of stuff when you’re playing tournament golf and you’re mentally sharp you don’t do. And that’s the kind of stuff I seem to be doing right now.”
The sand is running out of the hourglass on both Phil, and Tiger Woods, but maybe they will be back in force, and in contention for one more Green Jacket before it’s time to hang it up. Maybe even at the 2015 Masters!