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March 31, 2012

Phil Mickelson


Q.  Phil, 2-under Par 70 in the third round.  How would you characterize it?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Well, I played really well today.  I was pleased with the way I played.  I hit the ball well, was patient all today, and had a lot of putts lip out.  I hit a lot of good putts.  I was really pleased with the way the day went.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I feel like I'm real really close to lighting one of these rounds up.

Q.  How frustrated were you to see a lot of them burn the edge?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Instead of getting frustrated, I came in contact and hit more good shots.  I gave myself good opportunities.  I'm really pleased the way I played the first three rounds.  Hopefully I can get a really hot round tomorrow.

Q.  Was there a change in putter?
CARL PETTERSSON:  Just for today.  I'll do this every now and then when I feel like my alignment is off and I'll go back to the blade tomorrow.  I like the way I putted.  I just did it for alignment purposes.

Q.  You know you can go low here on the weekend.  You did it a year ago.  Will you draw on some of that experience?
CARL PETTERSSON:  Sure.  Sure.  I'll be going after it tomorrow really firing at pins and putting and having them go in at a little more pace.  I think there's a really hot round out there I think that some guys shot that today.  I feel like there's a 65, 4, 3, out there.

Q.  How pleased are you with today's round?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I'm pleased with how I played, but I'm disappointed in the score.  I need to go a little bit lower.  I feel like I'm playing well to where I can get a really hot round out here.  I did it last year, and I thought I'm even playing better to where if I get off the a good start or make a few putts, I feel like I can really get it going tomorrow.

Q.  Were conditions tougher out there today?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I thought they were very comparable.  We saw some low rounds.  It was there.  I had a really good chance on a number of holes to get the round going low.  I didn't quite get them to fall in.  I had a bunch of lip-outs.

Q.  Talk about the mindset going into tomorrow, knowing you've done well here before on the final day?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I know I need to shoot a really low round out here, but I know it's there.  I know that I can do it.  I've done it.  But I know that with the conditions right now, you can shoot 6, 7, 8, 9 under par, and hopefully that's what I'm going to be shooting for tomorrow.

Q.  Are you dining with Doctor B tonight?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah.  That's our ritual out here.

Q.  You said you didn't get frustrated, you played along.  Was there a stretch of holes where you could have gotten frustrated and you just --
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yes.  10, 11, 12 was an area of the round where I needed to make something happen, and I hit three shots that on the green, two putts on 11 and 12, and a chip on 10 that I thought all of them were going to go in.  They all missed just barely, and instead of letting it get to me, I fought hard and birdied 13, hung tough.  Those are going to have to fall tomorrow and I think they might.

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