The PGA Championship: Day 4
August 14 2011
5:31 pm Mickelson never got any momentum
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Phil Mickelson felt like he was "one good round" away from contending at the 93rd PGA Championship.
Mickelson closed with a 70 on Sunday that was a microcosm of his week. He was 2 under through six holes but simply couldn’t push it forward. And the final four holes exacted their pound of flesh — Mickelson played them in 3 over for the week.
"Played okay," Mickelson said. "Played okay this week. Just not good enough to get up and make a run. Didn’t make enough birdies. … I felt like I was one good round away, 4- or 5-under par the first three days of getting in it, but just wasn’t able to do it. I just really struggled making birdies here.
"It’s very difficult to it get the ball close to a lot of the pins, other than the par 5s and I just didn’t make enough 30- , 40-footers."
Mickelson, who finished at even for the week, said he was encouraged at the turn on Sunday but a bogey at the 10th hole halted his momentum. And when he didn’t at least make birdie on the par-5 12th, Mickelson knew his chances were all but over.
"I certainly thought there was an opportunity there," Mickelson said. "It doesn’t look like now it’s going to matter because the scores are low, but at the time I was thinking it might."
Even so, Mickelson, who won his 39th PGA TOUR event earlier this year, was encouraged as he left the Atlanta Athletic Club.
"I thought that I had a lot of good signs this week," Mickelson said.
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