Heading into the final round of The Barclays out of contention, with little pressure to speak of, Phil Mickelson made a run at the title. The ability to play free and aggressive with little worry about the consequences proved incredibly beneficial for the left-hander. Mickelson fired a 65 on Sunday – the low round of the day – to finish just two strokes behind eventual champion Adam Scott.
“(Saturday) after the round, I felt a good round coming, because the pieces were there for a low round (Saturday), but I didn’t put it together,” he said. “I made a lot of little mistakes. I just played sloppy but I felt my ball-striking was coming and I felt the putter was coming.” The sloppy round he spoke of was good enough to get him to one under par on the day and three under for the tournament. Unfortunately for Mickelson, scoring was rampant on Saturday and he didn’t do nearly enough to keep himself in contention. With much of the field firing scores in the mid-60s, a 70 just wasn’t good enough.
He more than made up for his struggles with an impressive final round, however. If he could have converted a 48-footer on the 17th that just missed, the pressure would have been on the leaders and the outcome just might have been different. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. But Mickelson still managed to put together a solid final round ahead of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, which has to be an encouraging for a man that has endured a season chock full of peaks and valleys.