Phil Mickelson had a chance on Sunday at the PGA Championship. No, not a great chance, but a chance nonetheless. If he could come out early and toss some fireworks around the windy links of Wisconsin, maybe he could do something that Tiger Woods has never done; win a major from behind.
After an eagle on the par-5 5th hole, Mickelson's lurk began. He added another birdie on his outward nine before a stretch on 12, 13 and 14 where Lefty added three straight circles to his card. He was 7-under, and with the wind picking up and some of the leaders struggling early in their round, it seemed doable, albeit difficult, that Phil could post a number.
The problem is, the shots just weren't there coming in. Phil had a wedge into the long par-4 15th, but couldn't get it on the right shelf and had to settle for par. He added pars on 16 and 17 before making a bogey on 18 to post 6-under. He isn't going to win a second PGA Championship, but his charge was there.
Mickelson's Sunday 67 is currently the lowest score posted by three shots, and will most likely move him near, or into, the top-10 before days end, but the end of his season has been a struggle for Phil. Hopefully this play will help him finish strong in the FedEx Playoffs and more importantly, be sharp for the Ryder Cup.