Greenbrier Classic interview: Mickelson

July 05, 2013

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Q. Phil, we know those weren't the results you were looking for in the first two rounds. What were the things that just didn't click for you here?

PHIL MICKELSON: I played really well today, I hit a lot of good shots and I think I've figured out why I've struggled here. It's my distance control with my irons I haven't figured out yet. We're a couple thousand feet, we've been practicing at sea level, so obviously it's going to go longer. It's the same altitude as Phoenix but it goes a different yardage and I haven't quite figured it out. I've posed over a lot of iron shots today and they end up not just a yard or two off from where I figure, but they're 10 or 12 yards off from where I figure. I think as I look back on these last three years, that's been the biggest issue for me is distance control with the irons.

Q. I'm sure for you a pleasure always to come back to this place?

PHIL MICKELSON: I think it's one of the best architecturally designed golf courses that we've played. I mean, I'm looking at every hole, studying it, learning from it. I thought the course set up was fabulous this year, I just think it's a great track, it's a wonderful golf course and hotel experience.

Q. How quickly do you shift your thought process to your tournaments coming up overseas?

PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, no, it's a totally different style of play, different thick, heavy air, a lot of wind, typically bad weather, firm ground, and so I'll start getting the ball down and working these next couple of days on getting the ball along the ground.

Q. Thank you, Phil.