Phil Mickelson seeks higher accuracy, not redemption at U.S. Open
MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Phil Mickelson was all smiles as he walked off the 18th inexperienced at Winged Foot.
It was Tuesday, in any case, not Sunday.
This nine-hole follow spherical was the primary time he’s seen the course since he blew a one-shot lead on the 72nd gap of the 2006 U.S. Open. For the six-time runner-up, his gaffe-filled double bogey on the ultimate gap will go down as one in every of his most heartbreaking losses.
So will redemption be on his thoughts as he tees it up right here within the 120th version of the U.S. Open?
“Look, I’m 50, my profession is what it’s,” he stated. “I take a look at now as a bonus. Any win – a Tour win, a significant – they’re bonus wins. It’s enjoyable for me to have the ability to compete and play on this occasion. It’s enjoyable for me to come back again after ’06. It’s a enjoyable alternative for me to attempt to add a bonus to my profession. That’s form of how I’m it.”
Although his wide-left drive on 18 is the second that’s replayed again and again from that near-miss, Mickelson struggled mightily off the tee all week at Winged Foot, discovering simply 43% of the fairways. Inaccuracy off the tee has plagued Mickelson for a lot of his Corridor of Fame profession, in fact, and with age he hasn’t considerably improved: He ranked 155th on Tour in driving accuracy this previous season, and final week on the Safeway Open, on one other tight course at Silverado, he discovered solely 21% of the fairways.
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So this week, he’s altering up his sport plan. He’s added just a few levels of loft to his driver. He’s attempting to not swing as exhausting. And he stated he’ll use extra 3-woods in an try to seek out the green extra usually.
“Not as a result of I ought to have hit 3-wood off 18 (in 2006),” he laughed. “I simply suppose the way in which the fairways are firmer, it promotes that.”
“The important thing for me in ’06 was to overlook it huge, which I did, and I normally don’t have an issue doing [that] – that means I’m within the trampled-down areas and have a shot,” he added. “However that’s not the case right here. The tough is extraordinarily thick and also you’ve obtained to drive it straight. That’ll be an actual key for me and everybody within the area.”