On a day when 63 players shot 70 or better, Phil Mickelson just couldn’t get anything going at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The man that briefly flirted with the idea of breaking 60 yesterday had to do everything in his power to shoot an even par 71 in the second round. While Mickelson didn’t drop any shots on the day he did see several golfers move past him on the leaderboard – he know sits tied for ninth at eight under par and is five shots off of the pace established by Sergio Garcia.
In many ways it was a typical round for Mickelson – filled up with ups and downs. He started out well enough with two birdies on the front. Then he bogeyed 10 and 14, followed by a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole. Not unexpectedly, Mickelson then proceeded to birdie his final two holes of the day to fight back to even par. “I was playing terrible, and I shot even par,” he said. “I could easily have shot myself out of the tournament. I got it in the hazard I don’t know how many times. If I go on and play the way I believe I’m going to this weekend, I’m going to look back at those nine holes as the key to the entire tournament.”
He was all over the place today. If he wasn’t playing from the hazard he was playing from the gallery or finding the water. His misses weren’t to any side in particular and at times it looked like he had completely lost the form that he displayed yesterday. Understandably, Mickelson knows this round wasn’t one of his finest moments. “It’s embarrassing to hit shots like that, and to have a bunch of people out there, playing with Tiger and having every shot exposed on TV,” he said. “But we all have our moments like that. And you just have to deal with it.”
Mickelson knows that today was more of an exception than the rule. He’s to the point in his career where he knows that everyone is going to have days like this and the best thing to do is forget about them as soon as possible and move on. He came into the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs brimming with confidence and one poor round of golf isn’t going to change that.
Expect Mickelson to bounce back nicely over the final two rounds.