May 13 2012
By Ward Clayton, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Sunday was the completion of an eventful week at THE PLAYERS Championship for Phil Mickelson. Wearing pink pants, a pink belt, a pink ribbon and a Mother’s Day pin on his hat, Mickelson celebrated the “Pink Out” with the thousands in attendance for the final round. His wife and his mother are both breast cancer survivors.
“It’s a cool day, a really cool day, and the Pink Out is really neat,” Mickelson said. “I remember how special it was in 2009 with the Colonial (and its Pink Out celebration) and how good it felt to feel that support, and hopefully the 200,000-plus women every year that get diagnosed will feel the support and know that they’ve been thought of in their fight.”
Mickelson’s week began last Monday in St. Augustine, Fla., when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, the Mickelsons announced that they will host a Birdies for the Brave military fundraiser Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at TPC Sawgrass.
The only downer for Mickelson was that he didn’t get closer to the lead in the tournament. He shot rounds of 71-71-70-73.
“I really enjoy this tournament, but my record here isn’t really that great,” said Mickelson, the 2007 PLAYERS champion who has two other top-10 finishes (T8 in 1998 and T3 in 2004). “I played OK this week. The course is in great shape. I just didn’t post quite the scores I wanted to.
“But the game doesn’t feel far off, just a little click here or there and hopefully I’ll get it turned around.”
Mickelson begins his run-up to the U.S. Open next week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas and continues two weeks later at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.