Phil Mickelson bemoans his ‘atrocious’ results since joining LIV Golf | Golf News and Tour Information
BOLTON, Mass. –Phil Mickelson didn’t mince words Friday at the LIV Golf Invitational Boston. His scores have been terrible since returning to golf in June – which he did at LIV Golf’s opening event in England – after a personal break he took to allow the dust to settle from the inflammatory comments he made about the way the PGA Tour conducted business.
That first round of LIV outside London was a solid 69, one under par. But Mickelson hasn’t beaten 70 in 13 rounds since then, which includes missed cuts at the US Open, The Open Championship at St. Andrews and Friday’s 74 at the par-70 course at the International at the exterior of Boston. The score placed Mickelson fourth from last in the field of 48 players and 11 shots behind leaders Matthew Wolff and Talor Gooch.
“I’m definitely frustrated because I’m playing well at home and I’m not bringing it out here; I feel like I’m closer than it looks even though the scores have been atrocious,” Mickelson told Golf Digest on Friday.
The six-time Major winner and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame said he plays golf on the few courses he plays in his hometown of San Diego. But translating that into tournament rounds is the problem.
“It’s the little things,” he said. “I’m pushing things a bit here. [For example] hit a big shot on the very first hole today at 25 feet and three putts [for bogey]. Just little mistakes like that, I’ll have to clean up.
The 52-year-old, however, is optimistic about things on and off the course going forward.
Off the ropes, Mickelson has been credited with being the catalyst for recent changes to the PGA Tour schedule which will see bigger purses and its top 20 stars commit to a schedule in 2023. On Thursday, he told Sports Illustrated that the PGA Tour changes wouldn’t have happened without a rival golf tour, but didn’t take credit for it.
Inside the ropes, Lefty said better scores were coming soon. He cited his ability to weather slumps in his career, including a largely lackluster spell that lasted from March 2019 to May last year. That slump ended when Mickelson became the oldest major winner in PGA Championship history at Kiawah.
“I had lows in my career and I fought to overcome them. I’m excited to fight through this one too,” Mickelson said. “I’m motivated. I’m having fun. I like to play. I’m working on my game and looking forward to competing. I’m hitting a lot of shots which makes me feel optimistic. At home I played well and I just need to bring it from my house here.
If there’s any consolation, Mickelson’s LIV team Hy Flyers GC leads the LIV Boston event under 11, thanks to teammates Wolff (63) and Bernd Wiesberger (66). “The great thing about these teams [concept] it’s that we have Matt and Bernd who put us at the top of the standings even though I played terribly today,” Mickelson said. “[But] I can contribute tomorrow and I’ll see if I can turn things around and do it.