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October 25 2013

12:58 AM

Mickelson: 'It was closer today'

Interview with Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson talks with Golf Channel after his second-round, 2-under 70 at the CIMB Classic on Friday.

By PGATOUR.COM staff

One day after saying he couldn't remember swinging so badly in his career, Phil Mickelson witnessed some improvement in his golf game at the CIMB Classic on Friday. It wasn't much, but progress is progress.

Mickelson carded a 2-under 70 in the second round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and stands at 3 under through 36 holes.

"Yeah, it’s not much better," Mickelson said after carding four birdies and two bogeys. "I don’t have the control of the swing that I’d like. I’m not sure what side I’m going to miss it on. Playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, is extremely difficult. The rough is tough and you’re fighting for pars the whole day.

"It was closer today, the rhythm was a little bit better but technically, I’ve got a lot of issues."

Mickelson remained confident that he could make a charge at the leaders over the weekend despite his technical issues, some that he will attempt to clean up in the next few months. On a positive note, he's putting quite well and believes he can take advantage of the short par 4s at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

"With the wedges, the technical flaws really don’t come through, it’s really the longer stuff," said Mickelson, who holed out a greenside bunker shot for a birdie on No. 7. "So I can get away with it if I can manufacture a few swings into the fairway. But it felt better today, the rhythm felt a little bit better today. I won’t worry so much about technique and the technical side these next two days and just see if I can get a good rhythm with the swing and maybe I can make some birdies."

MORE: Mickelson's scorecard | Greenside bunker hole-out on No. 7

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