I am here to tell you: this is absurd.
It’s absurd that Mickelson shot 70 on Thursday, and it’s even more absurd that he came out on Friday and backed the 69 early in the second round to get into the house on the weekend at 5 cents. It is absurd that he played the back nine on Thursday in 32, and it is absurd that he played the back nine on Friday in 31. The entire streak defies belief.
After flirting with the lead early on Friday, hope looked smothered with a bogey-bogey finish at No.17 and 18 (Mickelson started at No.10). But he torched the top nine, hitting seven of nine greens and rolling in a 22-footer at the last for the 69 that will likely lead him into one of the final two starts of Round 3 on Saturday afternoon.
We have recent evidence that Mickelson still has incredible innings – somewhere in the depths of his fading historical game. He shot 64 in the Wells Fargo Championship first round at Quail Hollow Club a few weeks ago, but he also followed that up with a 75-76-76 finish. This week? Well it felt and looked a lot different.
Of all the golfers who had completed two rounds by the time Mickelson finished Friday morning, no one was hitting him better than Lefty. The putter was in the middle of the pack, which is great when you’re the best ball forward in the field so far. However, with the way he hits it, if the putter starts to click, it might be time to consider if Mickelson can join the squad of.(Lefty currently has five, including a PGA Championship).
Mickelson, who turns 51 later this year, is also said to be theif he somehow keeps shutting this thing down. Even if he finishes in the top 10, it would be his first such place in a major since securing the worst draw in major history against Henrik Stenson in the 2016 Open Championship at the Royal Troon.
The big question for him now is whether he can mentally complete two more rounds on a grueling ocean course which Bryson DeChambeau said was the most difficult he has ever played on the PGA Tour. Lefty has talked a lot over the past few months about how difficult it is for him to stay mentally engaged for 72 holes. This is exacerbated in major championships where one bad swing could mean three shots lost.
“I could try to play 36, 45 holes a day and try to focus on each shot so that when I go out and play 18, I don’t feel like it’s that much,” Lefty said of the comment. of his recent preparatory work. “I could try to lengthen the time I end up meditating, but I try to use my mind like a muscle and expand it just because as I get older I find it harder to maintain precise focus.” , good visualization and see the snapshot.
“Physically I feel like I am capable of playing and hitting the punches that I have hit throughout my career. I feel like I can do it as well as I can, but I have to have this clear picture. and focus. These first two days were therefore much better. “
Either way, his 36 hole performance was a treat. Phil Mickelson, 50, with 30 years of proof that he is one of the craziest golf ball pilots in the history of the sport among the best players, simply dissecting a mentally and physically demanding golf course. The history books might not reveal how absurd this all is, as the name will match the feat when we think about it again. But 50-year-old golfers don’t argue at Kiawah. They don’t win the majors. They don’t do that.
Mickelson is, however, and the only question now is how long it can last.