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Phil “Lefty” Mickelson was all right

February 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Phil Mickelson opened the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 59.5, his 25 foot putt on his final hole dipping half way into the cup before completing a 270 degree lip out. He followed this up with rounds of 65, 64, and 67 on the par 71 TPC Scottsdale course to notch his fourth wire-to-wire victory of his 41 wins on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson said the key was the new driver that he put in his bag on Tuesday, saying that the club was “so easy to hit,” and that his misses are “so much less.” If this week’s performance with the big club was no aberration, Mickelson could be set for a big year. Another big plus this week was his putting with the claw grip, a performance that included a monster putt in which the ball left the green, then banked off the edge of the rough and onto the green before entering the cup at warp speed.

So, his driving and putting were super sharp, but the best part of his game was arguably his iron play. His swing on his shots to the green was particularly smooth, and his tee shots on the par 3s were dialed into the pin as shown by his 9 birdies (in 16 tries) on the short holes, which may be a record.

Mickelson’s Last 11 Wins on the PGA Tour

Mickelson has never had the week in and out consistency of a Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, but when he gets hot, he gets very hot – and he can heat up at any time, as shown by this list of his finishes the event before his last 11 wins dating back to the 2007 season. His best finish prior to his last five wins is a 24t! The lesson: Mickelson’s past performance is no indication of his future results.

31 – CUT
32 – 3t
33 – 7t
34 – CUT
35 – 21t
36 – 9t
37 – 30t
38 – 35t
39 – 24t
40 – 26t
41 – 51t

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