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March 31, 2013

Phil Mickelson


Q.  What did you get out of round today?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I had a lot of fun today because I got off the a quick start, and after 4 holes I felt the pressure of having an opportunity to win.  It was a fun feeling.  I love playing well here.  Unfortunately, I didn't do much after that, after that start on the first four holes.
I knew it was going to be a shoot-out and I was going to have to keep going and I couldn't keep pace.  I hit a lot of good shots today.  I had numerous putts that came off the edge.  Even though I didn't make a lot of putts today, I felt good with the putter, was rolling off the face nice, had the right speed.  It was on the right line that I wanted, but I didn't read them all correctly.  I didn't get it to go in.  But, I really had a fun day today.  I had a fun week in Houston.  As the week went on, I felt like my game got better.

Q.  What clicked on first four holes?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I just hit it really close.  Two feet on the first, hopefully.  Made a good putt on 3 from 25 feet.  I hit it 3 feet and missed a 15-foot eagle putt on 4.  I just hit it really close.

Q.  Phil, your putting grip changed.  It seems to be working.
PHIL MICKELSON:  I'll go back and forth because again the claw grip, what it does is gets me in a better address position where I get rid of too much forward press.  I want a little bit but not as much as I've been getting.  As long as I can stay in that same address position with the regular grip, I would prefer to do that, but I'll have to go back and forth as my tendency is to continue to get a little too much forward press.  With the claw grip, my hands stay a little bit higher.

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