2012 PGA Championship: 4 Reasons Phil Mickelson Will Be in Contention at Kiawah

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2012 PGA Championship: 4 Reasons Phil Mickelson Will Be in Contention at Kiawah
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Phil Mickelson


Oh, the winds of change.


The heather near the ocean on Kiawah Island is waving expectantly.
The water washes up on the sand, releasing to a bubbly finish like spilt champagne.

The setting at Kiawah has a calmness that is far removed from so many mainland championship venues.

And this major feels different.

There is a restlessness.

There is no one dominant player leaving footsteps in the sand.

No talk about slams, trophy cases, records or heart-thumping talent.

Rory was last summer.

Bubba, that was April.

Okay, Keegan has momentum.

But this is about an urgency to fill a calendar void.

Something about the last major of the year leaves a wide gap in the calendar between now and April 2013.

The playing field has leveled, and there's a sense that at least one player is reemerging.

That player is Phil Mickelson.

Remember the left-hander from Rancho Santa Fe, California?  

There is nothing cryptic about Phil Mickelson's summer that would lead anyone to believe he is ready to win on a links-style course.

But low expectations are when Mickelson seems to emerge from the mire. His typical early year success has morphed into missed cuts during his last two starts before Firestone.

From the mire might be the best way to catapult back into the conversation at a major championship.

Let's explore the four reasons Mickelson is a match to march to the Wanamaker Trophy at Kiawah.

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