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September 1, 2012

Phil Mickelson


PHIL MICKELSON:  I didn't hit as many fairways so I wasn't able to be as aggressive into the greens.  But I shot 3‑under my back nine, the front, and made some good birdies coming in.  I putted well, and I didn't think it was playing that easy.  There was a lot of crosswinds today, which is a different wind than what we had the day before.
I thought that I played okay, and I'll have to get a hot round tomorrow to try to get into the final day.

Q.  How do you get a hot round going with the putter?  You're confident with the putter right now, and it's fun to watch you look excited to hit a putt.
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, I feel really good, especially on the short putts, and I made three 15‑footers today for birdie that felt really good.  And if I can get myself in position to be aggressive and hit some good iron shots, I think I can make a good run.

Q.  Can you describe the start of your round, the front side, kind of up and down a little bit?
PHIL MICKELSON:  What do you mean, the back side or‑‑ I birdied 12, I hit a good drive and made a 12‑footer for birdie.  I bogeyed 15 and 16, I hit a poor drive on 15 in the trees, hit a second shot over the green and hit a poor chip to 50 feet and just two‑putted.
Then missed the green on 16 to the right, where it's really a tough up‑and‑down today where the pin was.  Hit a pretty good shot to about 12 feet and didn't make it.
But you're going to make some bogeys out here.  I ended up making a couple of birdies on the front nine and shooting 3‑under, I thought that was a pretty good round today given that we had an opposite wind, a lot of crosswinds, and I didn't think it was playing that easy.

Q.  Was there any one thing that helped trigger that turnaround on the back?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I just made a couple of 15‑footers early on, and then knocked it close on 7 and 8, had a couple of tap‑ins on the par‑5s, hit a 5‑iron to a foot on 8, which was probably my best shot of the day.

Q.  How were the greens today, fairly receptive?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, they're receptive, and they're rolling terrific.  It's just that with the crosswind it was difficult to get the proper distance control and get it close.  I know that if you're striping it, you're hitting some great shots and everything is solid, you can get it close and make some birdies.  But if you miss it a little bit, the miss will be magnified.

Q.  How does it feel to be in contention at this point right now?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, it feels good.  I know that I need a hot round tomorrow for a good chance on Monday's final round, but the way I'm playing and the way I feel on the greens, I feel like I can do it.

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