Phil Mickelson Needs Big Week After Huge First Round

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There is nothing like shooting a very low number while playing golf. Phil Mickelson nearly pulled off something that hasn’t been done by many golfers, but after missing a putt on the 18th hole, Mickelson was forced to finish with a 60 in the first round of the Phoenix Open. The PGA record is 59 and it looked like with two holes left that Mickelson would hit that number, but he couldn’t make the putts. However, at least for this day that Mickelson had something special going.

Mickelson is one of the most popular golfers on the PGA Tour and also one who has had his share of issues along the way, but there are not too many great left-handed golfers out there right now. I can only really think of Bubba Watson and Mike Weir outside of Mickelson. Mickelson does need a kick in the pants with his career though, with all the close calls he has experienced along the way. If Mickelson can keep it together for the next three days, it would be a win that he really needs, especially with the first major of the season about two months away in The Masters.

I argue that there are only two golfers that fans really turn the television on to watch: Mickelson and of course, Tiger Woods. If we can get back to the days where Mickelson and Woods are both good at the same time during the same week and have an epic showdown on a Sunday, golf would be in a better place. Right now for this week, Mickelson must win this tournament for his confidence.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.


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