There won’t be any Phil Mickelson magic over the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard. Lefty absolutely imploded during his second round at Bay Hill, so much so that if he were Rory McIlroy there’s a good chance he’d have withdrawn with a toothache.
Mickelson carded a seven over par 79 on the day. That, combined with his one over par 73 from the first round, put him at eight over par after two rounds. That was good enough for 17 shots off of the lead and a tie for 116th place. He fell 59 spots on the day. Needless to say, Mickelson didn’t make the cut.
It was a typical adventurous Mickelson round, with the veteran only carding nine pars on the day. The rest of the round consisted of three birdies, two triple bogeys, a double bogey and two bogeys. It’s never good when, as a professional golfer, you see three “sevens” on your scorecard. Mickelson tripled two par fours and doubled a par five. Surprisingly enough, he had more pars (nine) today than he did yesterday (five). Yesterday, he also managed to card four birdies and an eagle, however.
Clearly, Mickelson’s game is all over the place. You don’t end up at eight over par after two rounds and think that you’re game is clicking. At this point it’s just a matter of getting down to the root of what is going wrong and starting from the work from there.
If Mickelson is going to have any chance at The Masters in a few weeks, he’s got a lot of work to do. Not only does he have to get his golf game is proper shape, but he’s likely going to need to do some confidence building in the interim, as well.