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THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE


May 29, 2014


Phil Mickelson


DUBLIN, OHIO

Q.  Talk about the round out there.
PHIL MICKELSON:  The course is in great shape and had a good round going there for a while, just the last three holes were sick.  But it was a good day.  I was playing well, but the last three holes just threw away a good round.

Q.  Was there anything in particular that changed in those three holes?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I don't know.  I just made a couple of doubles.  And the 16th hole is a hard hole for me.  It's just not a good hole for me.  I go in the water there a lot.  And I thought making a 4 was pretty good.  I'll take a 4 all four days on that hole.
I didn't think it was a big deal, but 17 threw me for a loop.  Just made double.

Q.  Did you feel like maybe you kept the momentum going when you made that hard 13?
PHIL MICKELSON:¬† I let a really good, hot round go with not birdieing 11, missing a good birdie putt on 12, not birdieing 14 from seven feet.¬† I let some good birdie opportunities go.¬† But I birdied 15 and thought if I could finish this round strong shooting in the 60s, and I was looking at‑‑ I was trying to get one more coming in, but, boy, threw away 5.¬† So I've got some work to do tomorrow.

Q.  What is it about 16 that doesn't look good to you?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Well, it's opposite of my shot dispersion.  So if I miss it at all left, it's going to go shorter and not carry and go in the water.  If I pull it, it just goes hot up that hillside on the downslope and then I've water again.
It's a feast or famine hole for me.¬† It doesn't set up well for a left‑handed shot dispersion.¬† It has to be a perfectly struck shot.¬† And I just go in the water there most of the time, because I don't want to pull it way to the right.

Q.  Is that one where you've ever thought about purposely missing the green in a good spot or is there a good spot for you to miss it?
PHIL MICKELSON:¬† I don't know where to do that.¬† It's just a hard hole for me.¬† It's not a big deal.¬† You've got to play it.¬† But that's a hole where I'm going to play it 3 or 4 over for the week.¬† Where I gave it back is on 17 and 18 because those aren't‑‑ I shouldn't make double on those.

Q.¬† Just the wrong club on 17 or did you just‑‑
PHIL MICKELSON:¬† Gosh, the wind changed.¬† I was looking at‑‑ it was only 161.¬† It was downwind.¬† Got 9‑iron and it's too much, it might go over.¬† And by the time I hit it, when it was my turn to hit, the wind came straight back in my face.¬† I had to go to an 8‑iron.¬† And then I came up way short, and just a bit of a wind change through there.¬† But still I didn't have that hard of an up‑and‑down.¬† Uphill lie.¬† Should have been able to flip one up on the green, have a good run at par.¬† But instead I fluff it, make 6.

Q.¬† What can a kid like Jordan learn from you? ¬†Seems a strange question after those last three‑‑
PHIL MICKELSON:  Not much today.

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