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June 12, 2015

Phil Mickelson


Q.  Phil, you talked yesterday about just trying to get more opportunities.  And you got a lot of birdie opportunities again, they just didn't go in.
PHIL MICKELSON:  I hit a lot more good shots I felt than I did yesterday.  I know the score is one higher.  I hit a lot more good shots, more tee shots, good iron shots.  This is what I was looking for to try to improve on the day.  I feel after I played the first two days, a good low round is right on the verge and hopefully that will be tomorrow.  You never know.  I hit a lot more good shots today than I have and it feels good.

Q.  Do you feel like the greens owe you a little bit after all those burners on the edge?
PHIL MICKELSON:  They don't owe me anything.  They're trickier because they're fast.  You have to read them just perfectly.  You can't take a lot of the speed out, and I had a couple that just went right over the edge on the back-9 that really could have given me some momentum heading into the weekend.  Unfortunately, they didn't quite fall.  There were a lot of pin placements I wasn't able -- I didn't feel like I could go after, I had to play away from.  You got to make the 15, 20-footer you have.  I didn't make those.
I hit a lot of good shots.  I had a really good day today.  I had a really good range session a couple hours before I played.  The swing is starting to feel a lot better.  I feel a lot more confident on where the ball is going to go, and so hopefully I'll be able to put it together tomorrow and have a good round to get in contention.

Q.  When you look at that leaderboard, you see it posted at 9, you're at 3.  Is it a course that you can make a move on tomorrow?
PHIL MICKELSON:  It's a course I find that when you get it going, you can shoot a good number of 5, 6, 7-under par.  When you're not making birdies like I was today, it's just that much harder to make birdies because there aren't holes that are just gimme birdies that that can kind of kick-start your round.  You got to hit a good tee shot and second shot.  You have to make a putt.  There are very few tap-ins.  It's a course you can make up a lot of ground if you get a hot round going.

Q.  Thoughts about tomorrow.  You're working at your game?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I enjoyed having a late tee time today.  It gave me a chance to go out and have a morning practice session.  I won't do that tomorrow.  I'll try to conserve energy and put it all into the round of golf and see if I can get off to a good start and shoot a low round.  But if I can shoot 5, 6, 7-under par I'll be right in contention for Sunday.

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