May 18 2012
Watch: Mickelson's tee shot at 17
Phil Mickelson hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th to 7 feet to set up his birdie during Friday's second round.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- Phil Mickelson was not happy.
Sure, he had produced another can-you-believe-it shots midway in his round when he cut a 5-wood under some trees to set up a birdie at the ninth hole. But even Mickelson wasn't that impressed with it.
"Wasn't that hard," he said.
What left him dissatisfied was his ball-striking. For the second consecutive day at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, he struggled with his accuracy off the tee, but more to the point, he struggled with his mechanics.
The fact that he was 3 under through his first 17 holes speaks to Mickelson's creative talent. The fact that he double-bogeyed his last hole to shoot a 69 and leave him at 1 under going into the weekend speaks to his frustrations.
"God, I hit it terrible today," he said. "There was no other way around it.
"I was getting a lot out of the round, and I just got some mechanical issues where I was not striking the ball very solid. I was able to hit decent shots on the backside to make birdies and make a run. But that last hole stunk."
Mickelson had to take a penalty stroke after finding the water down the left side of the 18th fairway with his tee shot. His third shot landed over the green, and Mickelson couldn't get up and down to save par.
Until that point, Mickelson had gotten the most out of his round. And even though he gave away two strokes, he's still just six shots off the pace with 36 holes to play. Not a bad position at all, given his problems.
"I don't know what happened today," Mickelson said. "It feels like I'm off the address position a little bit because I don't feel quite as comfortable as I have. But I don't think it will take much."
MICKELSON ON HIS SECOND SHOT AT 9
Click here to watch Mickelson's shot. Here's how Mickelson explained his approach to the shot:
"I started trying to address it with a 5-iron, and I couldn't get that 5 to feel like it would cut enough, so I tried a 4-iron, and I couldn't get that to feel like it would cut enough, so I went with a 5-wood where I felt like I could get it to cut. I was more making sure the ball would cut so it wouldn't go in the water than trying to get it close. Fortunately it rolled up there well."