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February 11 2012

11:10 PM

Mickelson: It’s gotta be the gloves

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Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 in rainy conditions Saturday at Pebble Beach.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson has admittedly never played well in bad weather, which in part explains why he’s never won a British Open.

During Saturday’s third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he saw plenty of it with a heavy mist falling during much of the day -- and he broke in it. Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 at Pebble Beach to get to 9 under and within six shots of the lead with one round to play.

What was the difference? His gloves.

“This has been a monumental thing for me,” Mickelson said. “The guys at Callaway told me to try these all-weather gloves. They can get wet and my grips can get wet and I'm not constantly trying to stay dry. The biggest thing for me has always been the club slipping in my hands and then I have to have a tighter grip pressure and I don't have the same type of free swing.”

Mickelson actually used the gloves at last year’s British Open and had his best career finish there with a tie for second.

It didn’t hurt that Mickelson has won this tournament on three previous occasions, so he know how to manage the courses in inclement weather.

“When it's raining, you're trying to make pars, because it's very difficult to get the ball close, and hard to get a good club into the par-4s,” Mickelson said. “You had to make some adjustments out there.”

That included in his gloves.

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