Time Is Running Out For Phil Mickelson To Get Positive Momentum Heading Into 2014 US Open
With regional qualifiers completed and just one more week to go until the entire golf world converges on south central North Carolina, the pressure is on every entrant to make sure their game is in top form for the year’s second major.
If you haven’t heard by now, perhaps nobody is feeling that more than Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson gets his final tune-up before Pinehurst this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and he must be hoping to channel some of last year’s positive Memphis vibes into another chance at his first US Open victory. Of course, all the positive energy in the world won’t do Lefty a bit of good if he can’t translate that into on-course performance, something that’s been severely lacking this year.
Mickelson did finish in a tie for second in Memphis in 2013 before heading to Merion, but quite honestly, he looked like a completely different player. Most importantly, he’s missing a lot of the putts that seemed so automatic for him just 12 months ago.
He’s actually hitting greens at a slightly better clip in 2014 (67.59%) than last season’s 66.67% rate. However, he’s dropped his birdie or better conversion from 34.97% down to 30.92%, and is carrying a negative rating in strokes gained putting for the first time since 2011. These are the types of things that will only get magnified when it comes to the toughest test in golf.
I don’t for a minute believe that Mickelson can’t overcome these challenges, but if he doesn’t get some kind of positive momentum going quickly, it might just prove to be too much. Lefty doesn’t need to win this week to be ready for Pinehurst, but the time is now for him to make a change in the right direction.
Spieth Rises to No. 1 Again To Begin 2016 Campaign
He didn't win the tournament, but Jordan Spieth has continued his excellent play to begin the 2016 PGA Tour season, reclaiming his World No. 1 title along the way. Read More
Power Rankings: Top Five at the WGC-HSBC Champions
The WGC-HSBC Champions closes the 2015 World Golf Championships schedule, but as one of the first events of the new PGA Tour season, it could give us an early glimpse of the year's major hopefuls. Read More
Drama, Emotion Should Secure Presidents Cup Future
The 2015 Presidents Cup looked like an American beatdown early on, but a dramatic, emotional comeback from the International side proved that this event has plenty to give in the future. Read More