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Phil Mickelson: “I played far from perfect”

Phil Mickelson: “I played far from perfect”

It was not one of his best birthdays. Just few days after his big day, 42-year-old Phil Mickelson had a difficult game in the recent U.S. Open. Though he played quite decently in Rounds 2 and 3, the treacherous course layout of the Olympic Club in San Francisco didn’t allow Mickelson to recover from his previous unfortunate shots in the first round.

When asked if he looked forward to the final day, Mickelson believed, like a true athlete, that he still had a shot at victory. “It depends… I’ve got to play a good solid round … I have to shoot three- or four-under par to have a chance for Sunday. It’s out there, but it’s very difficult,” he said. The course turned out to be very complicated for Mickelson.

The lefty failed to recover that Sunday, making a total of five birdies out of the first 54 holes and bogeying five of the first 10 holes. He also dropped three shots from the 12th hole onwards. He said, “It was a challenging test… … I didn’t play well. If you played anything less than perfect golf, it was extremely penalizing. And I played far from perfect.”

The Tour’s pre-tournament deliberation was focused on Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Mickelson. Both Watson and McIlroy, who is the defending champion, missed the cut after the second round. Woods was the only one who was able to live up to expectations.

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