Turns out the three wood Phil Mickelson hit off the tee on the 18th at Augusta last year, putting him in position to make birdie and win the Masters, could well be the last time he ponders things before pulling out his driver.
According to a piece in USA Today, Mickelson is all about distance again and is pleased with the results after his win last week.
Phil The Thrill is back and that means he’ll win a bunch of tournaments that no one can remember a month later. Mickelson needs to understand the FBR Open isn’t the US Open and if he wants to win majors, he’s occasionally going to need to find the short grass. He’s hitting it out of sight these days with his Callaway driver, but only finding 58% of the fairways. You don’t win a U.S. Open by doing that, but this year at the Old Course, where it is all fairways and bunkers, Mickelson’s style might work.
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I had something similar to say:
“Despite finding the desert on the par-5 13th and the water on the par-5 15th, Mickelson made birdie and par while playing somewhat risky shots… One has to wonder whether his success at avoiding trouble while playing dangerous shots will lead to the return of Phil’s dangerous style of play – the same style of play he avoided last year while coming within five shots of winning all four majors and winning his first in Augusta.”