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For Lefty, bigger picture better than small one

Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:04 pm
 

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Since Phil Mickelson isn't playing his traditional tune-up event next week in advance of the U.S. Open, it might be best to accentuate the positives of his level-par 72 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

Mickelson, the top-ranked American in the world at No. 4, did have some satisfactory results in a couple of regards with the Open just two weeks away.

He hit 10 of 14 fairways and was particularly efficient with a new 2-iron model he has been trying on tight tee shots. With the new club, he hit four of five fairways at Muirfield Village and averaged an impressive 268 yards off the tee on those shots.

In all, he mustered three birdies, had a sloppy double bogey, and was none too pleased afterward in general.

"I felt like I played better than that," Mickelson said. "I didn't manage my game very well in spots, or score the best."

Mickelson usually plays the week before majors, but is skipping the Memphis event next week and will instead use much of the time to practice at the Open site, Congressional Country Club outside Washington, D.C. He is a five-time runner-up at the U.S. Open.

Category: Golf
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