Phil Mickelson might be a legend, but the star isn’t perfectly flawless. Fans were reminded that he is human once again when Mickelson missed the weekend at The Greenbrier Classics by two shots.
Lady Luck was playing games with Mickelson when he missed two shots, finishing the first 36 holes on 3-over.
Surprisingly enough, this was Mickelson’s first missed cut in a year or so. The last time it happened, he was at The Barclays in 2010. Mickelson was playing in the FedExCup playoff event when a missed cut that sent him packing.
Nonetheless, Mickelson is not disappointed by his form. Mickelson was indeed let down and a bit discouraged by the results but he was already over it and aiming for his next target. He admitted there were times when players missed their paychecks but then again there were also times when they made history.
In a post-match press release, Mickelson stated satisfaction over his performance, “I played well today. I don’t know what to be disappointed about.” He continued, “I hit a few shots on the front nine that were actually really good shots that left me no chance to recover, and ended up trying to come back the back. But fell a couple of shots shy there.”
Inspired by Stuart Appleby who won here last year with an impressive 59, Mickelson was hoping to fire at every pin. Mickelson was indeed high spirited and the hot favorite to win it but fate had other plans. Some 200 yards were added to the course at the last minute, in order to increase the required level of dexterity and difficulty at the Old White TPC.
Mickelson was not a fan of the decision and made sure he objected about it in his statement, he said, “I thought, gosh, how refreshing 22-under won, let’s have at it, have some fun. I didn’t know it went under this renovation. This course is brutally difficult, I thought.”
Nevertheless the event was not a total waste of time for Mickelson as he did get to play 2 rounds with Tom Watson during a tournament for the first time in his career. Mickelson commented on the topic, “I know he didn’t play the way he wanted to. But, again, this is playing very difficult, and to see him play well at the British, it’s cool,” Mickelson said of Watson.”