What they said: Phil Mickelson

July 06, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

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Q. Phil, could you just talk about the last couple of days? I'm sure you're a little frustrated.

PHIL MICKELSON: I am. I really enjoy the golf course, I think it's just a wonderful test, and I have not played very well on it last year and this year. I don't get it. I mean, I certainly struggled a little bit on the greens both years, but nothing that should have led to these scores.

Q. What about the last few tournaments in general, you've been a little off??

PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, I really have been. I don't know what to say about that. It hasn't been great. The parts don't feel that far off, but I haven't been putting them together. It doesn't feel bad off the tee, it doesn't feel bad with the iron play, it doesn't feel bad chipping or putting, but I'm making a lot of, you know, some loose drives here or there, some loose iron shots here or there, missing some short putts here or there, and just haven't been putting it all together.

Q. What do you work on the most going to Lytham??

PHIL MICKELSON: I'll spend some time on short game there, you know, from 120 feet, about 40, 50 yards and in. I'll go over to Lytham before the week -- the week before and spend a lot of time there and try to get short-game sharp. And then lastly I'll have to just get in a much better frame of mind where I'm not letting so many shots slip away throughout the round.

Q. 10 and 16, what went awry there??

PHIL MICKELSON: 10, I hit a good drive up there and hit it to about 15 feet, and first hole of the day, gave that putt a good run, missed it a touch and rolled three feet by and I missed a three-footer. I mean, it just -- which is terrible. I've let a lot of shots like that slide.

And 16 I hit a poor shot into not a bad spot. I had a pretty easy up and down and I came up short in the thick rough. It just wasn't a hard little flop shot and I came up short and made double. You just can't make those mistakes. That's kind of what I'm talking about, where I'm just letting shots slide here and there that really aren't that hard.

Q. What happened on 11??

PHIL MICKELSON: 11, I was marking my ball and the coin slipped out of my finger and hit the ball and moved it. They changed the rule a couple years ago to basically say that you have to be holding onto the coin to be considered in the act of marking it, the ball, and so it was a one-shot penalty unfortunately. First time that's happened to me I think that I can ever remember.

Q. I mean, that was the ruling??

PHIL MICKELSON: Well, I read it. I certainly appealed it because I didn't think -- because I was in the act of marking the ball, but under the decisions and the way it's worded, anytime a coin slips out of your finger, if you're not holding onto it, it says, regardless of height, that it's a penalty. So the rule said that it was a penalty, yeah.

Q. How hard is it to get your mindset back after a few bad shots like you were talking about? How hard is it to get back into that right mindset?

PHIL MICKELSON: I was able to hit some good shots coming in and make a couple of birdies, so it wasn't overly difficult, but it's just hard to overcome letting those shots slide when you're competing at this level.

Q. (inaudible) make you feel any better about going back?

PHIL MICKELSON: I certainly am looking forward to links golf. I enjoy playing the ball on the ground and hitting it -- you know, trying to keep it below head high on some tee shots and so forth. That was fun last year when we had some terrible weather. And it will hopefully play to one of my strengths, which is short game, and I'll try to get that sharp heading into the British.

Q. How much of a bummer for the family having to check out of here early for a second straight year??

PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, yeah, this is certainly a fun place and a place that we all enjoy. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out the golf course yet, but I'm going to keep working on it.

Q. Greens a little faster today or about the same or even slower??

PHIL MICKELSON: You know, they're really nice, they're in really nice shape. They were putting well. They're not the fastest greens we putt on, but they're some of the truest. If you hit some good putts, you can really make them, and I struggled a little bit getting on line.