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SportMickelson misses second cut in a row, goes home to work on putting before Masters

03:25  16 march  2019
03:25  16 march  2019 Source:   golfweek.com

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Phil Mickelson does not do conventional.

It's just not in his nature to take the straightest line from point A to point B. Hitting on 17 isn't forbidden in blackjack. Pulling up for the 3-pointer rather than driving for a layup is his way to go.

On the golf course, there's always a shot to take no matter the trouble ahead. Water? What water? The safe way, after all, can be quite boring so Lefty sees avenues and takes shots no one else pictures.

Basically, he follows his own path.

But even by Mickelson's standards, this year has been rather anomalous, a bungee jump full of many ups and downs. And right now, he's down.

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But Mickelson ’s birdie putt on No. 18 only slightly threatened the hole, and the three-time Masters Two -time Masters champion Bubba Watson was among those to slip in. In danger of missing the Masters cut for the first time in eight starts, Watson was 8-over through 12 before birdies on Nos.

He birdied two of the last six holes — though, oddly, went even on the two par-5s — and seemed to Five birdies in a row for Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters winner has never done that before at Phil Mickelson Opens with a Birdie. Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, dropped a stroke on He puts his second shot on the green 30 feet away. The first putt doesn’t break as much as he expected

His ideal road to Magnolia Lane and the Masters, where he'll try to join Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win at least four green jackets, has become full of potholes.

Consecutive missed cuts the past two weeks, the first in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the second coming Friday at The Players Championship, has Mickelson looking to escape a dead end.

"I missed two cuts in a row so that's not very encouraging," Mickelson said after his rounds of 74-74 left him on the wrong side of the cut and 16 shots behind the leaders. "But I've got next week off. I'll go home, get a little rest and work a few things out. But for me the biggest thing has been putting. I just haven't been putting anywhere near like I did last year, and I just got to get that back.

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Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number on Friday at the Masters after a disappointing 79. But Saturday got off to an even worse start. But in a steady drizzle, Lefty pulled his tee shot on the par-4 first hole, the ball coming to rest in pine straw under a big oak.

He missed that but tapped in for another birdie, his second in a row and fifth of the round so far. After a great flop shot gives him a makable birdie putt on the eighth hole, Woods misses the putt to stay at 4-over par. Mickelson went deeper in the woods and had to take a stroke for unplayable lie.

"If I do I'll be in good shape and I got plenty of time to turn it around."

But his smiles and thumbs up are masking a lot of frustration. He was on a smooth ride to Magnolia Lane when his year hit its apex with his win in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the 44th PGA Tour title of his career, which includes five majors. By then, he was counting down the days until he gets to his favorite place in golf in April, to play his favorite tournament and to try to become, at 48, the oldest winner of the Masters.

Since then, he's tied for 37th and 39th and missed two cuts. For a man who is always on the lookout for positive reinforcement, the Sunshine State was a dark cloud. His work this week on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course included a four-putt from 25 feet in the first round and a three-putt from 6 feet in the second round on the same hole.

In 36 holes, he made five bogeys, two double bogeys and one triple bogey. He made eight birdies.

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In goes the bogey putt , and that’s a disappointing end to a disappointing day. He can do no wrong at the moment and the putt ’s always going in. That’s five birdies in a row , a sensational run McIlroy flies his second at 13 into the bunker back left of the green. He’s not got much space to work with, but Mickelson ’s putt on 11 sails off to the left of the cup, and there’s to be no outrageous par save.

Rose, like DeChambeau before him, drops on the other side of the sheds. He threads his second back onto But missing the weekend along with Phil Mickelson : Trevor Immelman, Marc Leishman, Charl Schwartzel His second effort is knocked stone dead, and that’s another bogey, his third in a row .

"I don't feel like it's far off," Mickelson said. "I actually felt like I hit a lot of good shots this week, but I'm having some trouble with the putter and I'll have to work that out."

He'll start work next week, then likely will play the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in two weeks. If he doesn't play there, he'll opt for the Valero Texas Open, but the tight TPC San Antonio isn't a good fit for his game and comes the week before the Masters.

Not helping Mickelson's current state of game and mind is having his family caught up in the academic admissions scandal. After the first round, Mickelson took to Twitter to denounce a tutoring consulting company at the center of the scandal.

Mickelson and his wife, Amy, hired the tutoring company three years ago. Federal prosecutors say William "Rick" Singer led a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed sports coaches and other officials to get their children into elite universities.

More than 50 people have been charged. Mickelson said his family was not involved in any fraud and he has not been charged with a crime or implicated in the matter. Mickelson's eldest of three children attends Brown University.

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Until Tuesday at Augusta National, Woods and Mickelson , golf’s great rivals for more than two decades, had never played a practice round before a major — Tiger Woods was on the driving range Tuesday at the Masters after playing nine holes in a foursome that included Phil Mickelson when

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"Obviously, we were not part of this fraud," Mickelson wrote on Twitter. "Our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere."

After his second round, Mickelson said he's used to taking hits.

"But it hurts when you have your kids being questioned over doing nothing but working hard and studying hard," Mickelson said. "But we're going to be OK."

He hopes to say the same about his golf before heading down Magnolia Lane.

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