The PGA Championship: Day 3
August 12 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Phil Mickelson couldn’t stand prosperity on Friday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The big lefthander had patiently worked his way up the leaderboard, playing his first 17 holes without a bogey and moving to 2 under for the day and 1 under for the tournament. But Mickelson gave that back in one fell swoop when his approach at the 18th hole found the water and he made double bogey.
"I played really well today, and the thing I was most pleased with was I had a lot of putts that were (catching) the lips and I was getting frustrated, but I was able to stay patient and make some birdies," Mickelson said before reconsidering with a smile. "I say some; two, which was a lot for me.
"… But I was able to stay patient and then make that one on 17, it felt great. I thought I was going to get home to the house but unfortunately doubled the last."
Mickelson ended up with an even par 70 and will start the third round six strokes off the pace at 1 over. He moved up 10 spots on the leaderboard but he knows there are plenty of players between him and the top spot.
"Because there’s so many guys ahead of me, I have to shoot a low number," Mickelson said. "I can’t wait for anybody to come back because there’s too many guys up there. So I have to shoot something, 4 , 5 , 6 under tomorrow.
"It’s certainly out there. Guys are doing it every day. It’s certainly out there. I just need to go out and shoot it."
Mickelson is a four-time major champion but he thinks execution will be more critical than experience over the final 36 holes.
"I just think that you’ve got to hit the shots and make some putts," Mickelson said. "… For 17 holes, I played well and then it was just the last hole I didn’t."
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