With all of the talk involving Tiger Woods lately, many fans haven't really noticed Phil Mickelson. But after another tough outing, it might be time to start wondering what is wrong with Lefty. After a second-round 71 at the Greenbrier Classic, Mickelson will miss the cut for the second time in 2012.
However, that's just the tip of the iceberg for one of the game's most popular players. Since finishing in a tie for third at the Masters, Mickelson has just one top-10 finish in his last six events. If he wants to have any hope of winning the British Open, he will need to figure out how to turn his season around.
Since making a run at Augusta, Phil has been more than quiet. In eight rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Players Championship, Mickelson broke 70 just once. He withdrew at the Memorial after citing fatigue. A final round of 78 at the U.S. Open dropped him into a tie for 65th at that event. It's definitely been a tough couple of months for him and it's easy to see why. Mickelson has slipped out of the top 10 in the world rankings and could soon fall out of the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings. He ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of greens hit and driving accuracy. Right now, there is nothing to suggest that he is ready to add a fifth major to his impressive resume.
Can the British Open be the cure to Phil's woes? He has generally had a tough time at this event but did finish in a tie for second in 2011. For his career, he has just two finishes in the top 10 at the year's third major. However, you can be sure that he is only thinking about that close call last year. I really can't see Mickelson struggling for a seventh straight tournament once he tees it up overseas. He is too good of a player to not at least make an interesting move at the British Open. He doesn't need to win in order to break his slump. He just needs a solid effort to remind everyone that he is still one of the game's best players.* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.
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