Phil Mickelson, who posted a one-under 69 in the first round, got off to yet another slow start at Gullane GC in the second round of the Scottish Open. After back-to-back bogeys on nos. 11 and 12 to move outside the cut line, Mickelson rallied, hitting a perfect 9-iron to about 10 feet on no. 14 and holed the putt. He went on to make three consecutive birdies and posted a two-under 68 for a three-under total to move safely inside the cut line.
Despite the somewhat favorable outcome, Mickelson sounded almost astounded that he made the cut because he putted so poorly. He needed 28 putts on Thursday and 30 on Friday.
“For me to make the cut the way I putted the first two days is surprising,” said Mickelson following his round. “I feel really good about some of the things I’ve been work on in my golf swing. The last piece will be the putter. I don’t want to worry about that right now…
“I’ve got to focus in on the putter. I haven’t gotten the ball started online very well certainly these couple of days and probably the last month or so. That’s a much easier fix than the golf swing. I will sit down on a few putting tracks and devices and see if I can get that ironed out for this weekend and for next week.”
Mickelson, who has been working on his ballstriking as of late, feels like he’s turned a corner in that department.
“I was pleased with the way the entire day was ball-striking wise…I feel really good hitting a lot of shots,” he said. “I hit a lot of good shots today, drove it well. I feel like I’ve kind of made a turn here in the last few weeks with my ball striking, been very pleased with it.”
Mickelson will turn his attention to the flatstick after now feeling confident with the technical aspects of his swing that’s been prioritizing over the last few months.
“I haven’t really focused in on putting yet,” said Mickelson. “I’m not exactly doing what I want. The ball striking and the swing, which I have been working on in the last few weeks or months, has really settled in. It’s back on plane. The ball is exiting — the club is exiting where — the ball is taking off where I want it to. I feel very confident there.
“I have got to get the putter worked out, and in all fairness I haven’t spent the time on it.”
Aside: Obviously, the picture I chose above has nothing to do with Phil and putting, but it was too good to *not* use. I think it deserves a caption contest, so give it your best shot below!