August 24 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson's mind is already on next week, specifically getting it in the right frame after what has been an up-and-down three days at Liberty National.
Mickelson shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday to move to 3 under with one round to play in The Barclays, where he's well off the lead entering the final round.
"I hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of good swings," Mickelson said. "I was sloppy, though, and I didn't score well, and (Sunday) is going to be an important day for me, because I just want to put it together."
Mickelson has had a hard time doing that since winning The Open Championship last month.
He tied for 21st at Firestone, but broke par only once all week.
A week later at Oak Hill, he finished 12 over at tied for 72nd at the PGA Championship.
This week, he's had nearly as many bogeys (eight) as birdies (13). Saturday, he double bogeyed his second hole of the day, the par-3 11th after three-putting from 6 feet, and drove it in the water on the par-4 16th.
Instead of using Sunday's final round here to move into contention, he'll use it to gain momentum going into next week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, where he won in 2007 and finished fourth in 20012.
Mickelson has also won THE TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola before and knows he'll need a good result to increase his chances at his first FedExCup.
"I'm a fairly emotional golfer in that I put a lot into it, and when it's going great, I'm really on, and when it doesn't, it's hard for me to get it turned around," Mickelson said. "If I can get mentally sharp and play a good, solid round of scoring, because I'm hitting the shots now, I'm starting to control the ball again, and control my misses and play the way I was playing; and if I can put together a good, solid round, stay focused it should give me some momentum next week."