August 11 2013
Mickelson finished his week at Oak Hill 12-over par after a 72 on Sunday. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson will always have an emotional bond with Oak Hill, site of his first Ryder Cup in 1995.
This week is another story.
"I didn't play very well the last two weeks," Mickelson said after a 2-over 72 to finish the PGA Championship 12 over and near the bottom of the leaderboard.
Earlier in the week, Mickelson had a rare post-round range session with coach Butch Harmon following an erratic 71 on Thursday.
Two days later, however, Mickelson's chances of a second major this season vanished when he matched his worst career score in a PGA Championship with a 78 that included a triple bogey, two double bogeys and five bogeys.
Not that Mickelson, who just three weeks ago won his first Claret Jug, is all that concerned.
"I'm not going to worry about it," he said. "I'm going to go home and take a few days off and just kind of forget these last couple weeks where I haven't struck it way I have for a few months."
Instead, Mickelson will study film from where he has played well this season then start chipping and putting in a few days before hitting full shots again.
He'll also put his driver back in the bag for the start of the FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks at The Barclays.