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September 20, 2013

Phil Mickelson


Q.  Phil, nice 67 for you out there today.  You feel good about that round?  Let's get some comments.
PHIL MICKELSON:  It was a better day today.  I mean, there were some low scores out there.
What I love about East Lake and the way that it's set up is that, if you play well and hit good shots, you could make birdies, shoot a round in the low 60s, and move right up the leaderboard.
But if you start missing fairways, even though the rough is not a wedge‑out rough, it gives you a chance to shoot at the green.  But the flier lies makes it so difficult to get it on the surface that you're fighting for par.
I just think it's a wonderful setup, and I played better today to shoot 3 under.

Q.  On the back nine, what kind of pushed you forward?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I made a couple putts on the back nine of a decent length.  25, 30 footer on the 12th hole and then probably a 50‑footer on the following.
I let a number of shots go on the first 27 holes.  I really hadn't putted well on the first 27, and then it clicked right back in.  Just a slight setup adjustment, and I started to feel really good with it.
Heading into tomorrow, since the British Open, this is the best I've felt with my golf swing, the best I've felt with a putter.  I'm not sure if I put myself too far back after the 27 holes I played poorly, but I should play well this weekend.

Q.  It's important to shoot very well today, especially with the conditions that may be coming?
PHIL MICKELSON:  It was important to shoot something under par to get back in it because I was too far back.  But there's a low round out there.  You know, there's a 5, 6, 7 under par round out there.  I've got two good chances to go get it.

Q.  Phil, you mentioned a setup adjustment.  What else did you work on?
PHIL MICKELSON:  The setup was in the putter.  I just got a little tilted, and it was throwing my lines off.  I just wasn't getting the ball in line.  A very simple adjustment.
And ball striking‑wise, I have not struck it well.  Again, my alignment was a little bit off, setup was a little bit off, and swing was just not flowing.
And now for the first time, we worked the last few days, I was able to stop worrying about mechanics and start feeling the shots, feeling the swing, hitting shots again.  That's why I'm looking forward to the next 36.  I know I'm far back, but I think I'm going to make a pretty good run.

Q.  How did you work on the swing and work on thinking about the mechanics less?
PHIL MICKELSON:  The more repetition, the more it gets ingrained and the less you have to think about it.

Q.  Phil, I know this season you were a little fatigued.  Did the heat play into it at all?
PHIL MICKELSON:  No, the heat really helps us for a number of reasons.  The wind doesn't affect us as much, the ball goes farther, and it also goes a lot straighter.  The heat was a benefit.  That was a big reason why the scores were low.

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