Phil Mickelson will be able to play with some freedom during the final round of The Barclays since he won’t have to worry about contending for the title. Lefty is currently three under par and nine shots off of the pace set by Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland after 54 holes. He’s currently in 34th place and, should the results remain somewhat consistent, will remain in fourth place in the FedEx Cup standings for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
The fact that he’s not in contention this week may just be a blessing in disguise, however. He will be able to spend Sunday focusing on getting his form together for the remainder of the playoffs. Mickelson wasn’t pleased with his performance on Saturday, but knows he has a great opportunity to fix that tomorrow. “I hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of good swings,” Mickelson said. “I was sloppy, though, and I didn’t score well, and (Sunday) is going to be an important day for me, because I just want to put it together.”
He will certainly have the opportunity to put things together on Sunday even though he was right around the scoring average for the third round. Since winning the British Open, Mickelson has been up and down in each of the events he’s started. Inconsistent play is not going to be good enough to secure the $10 million prize awarded to the winner of the FedEx Cup and he knows it. That’s why Mickelson has himself prepared to focus on getting his game together tomorrow and not on where he finishes in the standings.
If you ask me, it sounds like a great plan. Now we just have to wait and see if he can execute the plan he has devised.