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July 20, 2013

Phil Mickelson


Q. Feel like you're pretty close to being right in this thing?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, I think that 1-under will probably be leading. I'll be three shots heading into the final round, I certainly think that's a good spot to be in. I have to play a really good round. If I can shoot something in the 60s I think that will be enough.

Q. Can you compare today to yesterday?
PHIL MICKELSON: There wasn't any moment where it crossed any line. Like maybe the first day or two, there was a few little spots. But I thought today was excellent. It was set up very well. We saw a few scores under par. We saw quite a few over par. If you manage your game well, I thought you could make pars, and an occasional birdie here and there. 15 is the only marginal one, 15 is marginal again. For whatever reason, they are struggling keeping that green manageable. But everything else was really good.

Q. It looked like you and Butch were working harder than I've seen you work on a Saturday in terms of warming up.
PHIL MICKELSON: I didn't strike it great yesterday, so I wanted to have a little practice session before I played today. And it went well, I thought. I hit it pretty good today.

Q. How about the wind, how much was it different today than yesterday?
PHIL MICKELSON: It was very comparable, I thought. I thought it was a similar direction, similar strength.

Q. Do you feel like you're treading water out there, one step forward, one step back?
PHIL MICKELSON: I feel like the only hole that is kind of a -- I don't want to say gimme birdie, but a hole you should birdie is No. 9 and everything else you've got to make a 20, 30-footer. You're very lucky if you hit it close. I hit a shot close on No. 2, that had a tap-in birdie. But, yeah, I mean it was -- you just need an element of luck. You're going to have to make 20, 30-footers. I didn't make really any today. And subsequently only had three birdies. And I think the pars are very manageable. I don't think there's any hole that if you hit good shots, you should be able to par every hole out here.

Q. No three-putts today, so that was better?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, I haven't looked at the statistics. But I didn't make as many. I didn't get as many to go in. But it was fine. It was a good round. Anything around par today was a good round. I think that I'll have to play a good round tomorrow, but I think it's right there.

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