Q. How deflating was that?
PHIL MICKELSON: It's not that
deflating. I played well this week and I made a bunch of bogeys this week that really took me out
of the position I wanted to be in heading into today, but I got off to a good start, got in the
lead there for a while, and surprisingly, the bogeys started with perfectly struck shots. I hit
a shot at good as I could on 14, a 6-iron that landed a couple of feet from the hole, and a moment
or two later, it's 30 yards over the green. I don't know what else I could have done there. If I
land it short, it stays short of the green. I guess that probably would have been an easier
up-and-down; so I probably would have liked to have done that differently.
17 and 18, I don't
know what to say. I hit decent shots where I had to. 18 I needed to hit it a little farther.
And I could not get a short iron close to the pin; I had to go left, or else it goes over the
green, and now I've got to chip with water and swale, as well.
I don't know what else to say.
I made good bogeys on 17 and 18 with those tee shots, although 17 I missed a short putt. But I
felt 14 was really the turning point because I had been playing so steady and to hit a
perfectly-struck shot and have it hop over the green and make bogey was disappointing. If I had
missed it some what I would have felt a little better about it, but instead I hit it as well as I
could and still made 4.
I was just sitting down in the rough in a lot of grain and over a ridge
and just came out a little fluffy.
PHIL MICKELSON: No, it was trees and rough. I could not hit it
underneath the trees and over the rough and get it to stop in the fairway; it would have gone
right on through, just like what Tiger and McCarron did yesterday.
So rather than be in the
rough and have a shot over the water that I could not stop, I went for the green. It was not a
bad decision. I just didn't execute as well as I could.
PHIL MICKELSON: That's not what goes through my mind, no. I'm not
thinking, "Ball game" but I'm thinking I'd like to pull this off.
PHIL MICKELSON: No, I hit a straight shot. I was just trying to
hit it straight. Maybe a little cut to hold it into the wind, but I had a straight shot right at
the green. So it was not hard, I had to catch it a little thin to keep it underneath the
branches. Otherwise, if I go in and take a divot, the leaves cause it to jump in, a little less
spin and jump up. I needed to catch it thin and I caught it a little too thin.
Q. Did you think birdie was imperative at 16 to win the tournament?
To have a chance, yes because you can't birdie 17 and 18.
Q. It came down to you and Tiger last year and this year, is one year more frustrating than
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, this tournament is never really mine to have the way it
was for Tiger after two rounds. Tiger had such a big lead that it was his tournament to control
or not. He opened the door for a lot of players, and I got really close and just didn't
capitalize or finish it off.
But I'm playing well and I'm looking forward to next week's
PLAYERS Championship. That's a tournament that I would very much like to play well in. I haven't
played as well as I could in the past, and so I'd like to play well there. I'm not going to use
this as a negative. I felt like I played some good golf today and just didn't finish it.
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