Phil forms one-man focus group
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Lethargic dictates, admits Phil

Phil Mickelson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to speak with Charlie Rose about his education project and his golf game, which hasn’t exactly been up to par the last two months. He admitted, “I haven’t played my best,” and he spent the last five days identifying the possible issues:

“One of the biggest areas…is that mentally I haven’t been focusing as fine as I need to. I’ve been letting where I don’t want the ball to go kind of creep in, in my head, as opposed to where I want it to go.

“I’ve been a little bit lethargic those last two months. We’ve got some big tournaments coming up. In fact, the next nine weeks I’m playing seven of them. This is an important stretch to finish the year off right, and I’ve been working hard to turn it around. It’s been a fun challenge.

“If I look back over the last couple of months, it’s easier to identify where I’ve been going off, and I haven’t played with the same purpose, whether it’s approach heading into the golf tournament or whether it’s on each individual shot. That’s what I’m going to try to focus on these coming months to get this back on track.”

He hasn’t cited his arthritic condition as a reason, but that would be a very valid one.

Including his withdrawal from The Memorial back in May due to “mental fatigue,” Phil hasn’t made weekend play in four of his last six starts. He missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic for the second year in a row, but he briefly revived his game at the Scottish Open, firing 64-65 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before a final-round 74 dropped him back to T16. Then he went on to shoot a second-round 78 at the British Open that resulted in an early departure.

He has two big weeks in front of him and will try to shake off the lethargy beginning at the WGC-Bridgestone Championship in Akron, Ohio, and followed by the PGA Championship.

So soon? Yes, indeed. I think we could all use an extra week or two to recuperate!