Mickelson out to “Get One” to close PGA Season

2012 Phil Mickelson

Among the league of mercurial athletes Phil Mickelson has long been the commissioner, the prominent representative of players who can make fans gush over their unworldly abilities one moment yet look every bit the weekend warrior the next.  After a 14-under par fourth place finish at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, his best result in nearly five months, Mickelson spoke with the optimism of a player who was in the midst of a career year, not the “former great” that he is inevitably tagged as each time his game goes on hiatus.  “My game feels like it’s back, and I’m ready to start competing….I’m going to see if I can get one of the next two,” he stated, referring to this week’s BMW Championship and next week’s TOUR Championship, the final two events in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Contrast that outlook with a mere month and a half ago, when Mickelson missed the cut at the British Open, his second in a row and first in a major since 2007, and was at a loss for words to describe his play, stating “I don’t know what to say right now; I’ve got a way to go. The last two months have been pretty poor play so I’m a little frustrated.” Read more…

Mickelson answers critics; Moves into contention with 8 under

phil mickelson scottish open

After Phil Mickelson stumbled out of the gate at the Scottish Open with a one-over 73 on Thursday, his eighth consecutive round over par, recent doubts about his game continued to fly around as wildly as his tee shots during the slump.

The typical questions about his age abounded, noting that at 42 and in his 20th season as a professional Mickelson isn’t getting any younger.

There were the hints that his psoriatic arthritis condition may be causing more discomfort than he lets on and translating into more less than stellar rounds than we’re used to seeing from Lefty.  Top that off with speculation that as one of the wealthiest athletes on the planet and with a recently claimed ownership stake in his hometown San Diego Padres Mickelson’s desire to compete has simply slipped in favor of other pursuits more befitting someone at his stage of a career.

While he has never been one to play with a chip on his shoulder or pay much mind to critics who have a field day harping on his go for broke style of play, you can’t help but think Mickelson may have been listening a little more closely this time.  While most of America was still asleep early Friday morning the four-time major champion woke up Castle Stuart with a blistering 8-under round that moved him 104 spots up the leaderboard and well into contention for the weekend. Read more here…