Now that he has some extra time on his hands thanks to missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, Phil Mickelson is planning on getting in a little extra work at Muirfield Village before the British Open in a few weeks. Mickelson is already committed to playing the Scottish Open next week in an attempt to get into the proper form for the Open Championship. Now, however, he is planning on taking a day to visit Muirfield.
“I’m planning on it,” he said. “I’m going to try to. I’ll head over there for the Scottish and maybe slide over for a day Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday – I’m not sure – over to the British.” Mickelson has been riding a roller coaster for much of the 2013 PGA Tour season. He’ll play well off of the tee for a few rounds but won’t make any putts. Then, once the putts start to fall he is all over the place with tee shots or approach shots. He just can’t seem to put together four solid rounds.
His history at the British Open is spotty – he’s missed a few cuts but also has a few top ten finishes. His record over the last three years pretty much sums it up. He finished T48th in 2010, T2 in 2011 and missed the cut last year. The last time the event was held at Muirfield was 2002, when Mickelson finished T66.
At this point I think one of Mickelson’s biggest problems is that he doesn’t think his game fits the layout and conditions he sees at the British Open. If that’s the case, he’s already lost the tournament before it begins. It’s not a surprise that he’s trying to sneak in a little extra time across the pond in an attempt to prepare as much as possible for the major championship. How he fares at the Scottish Open will be a good indicator as to what we can expect at the Open Championship.