Phil Mickelson must find some consistency if he hopes to be a factor in the final two days of the Masters. He had a terrible day on Friday, and his chances of winning his fourth title at Augusta aren't very good.
Mickelson finished the day with a four-over 76. After a 71 on Thursday, he is at three over through two rounds.
If nothing else, Mickelson can at least play Saturday's round without a ton of pressure. Here's how I project Lefty will perform in the third round of play.
The Par-Threes—Holes 4, 6, 12 and 16
Mickelson did well on the short holes on Thursday, finishing at two under on the first day of the tournament. Friday was a different story, though.
He didn't obtain a birdie and gave back three shots overall on the par-threes.
On Saturday, Mickelson will be strong again. Playing with little pressure, he will be more accurate off the tee, and his performance will be equal to what he did on Thursday.
The Par-Fives—Holes 2, 8, 13 and 15
The par-fives have been good to Mickelson through the first two days. He is four under on these holes, and I predict he will remain solid here.
I fully expect him to grab two birdies and maintain par on the other two. The long holes at Augusta are made for his aggressive style. That's part of the reason he has been solid on them despite playing inconsistently overall.
The Par-Fours—Holes 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17 and 18
The traditional holes have been a bigger issue for Phil. He is a dreadful six over on par-fours thus far. It seems there is nowhere to go but up from here.
I predict he will only give one shot back on Saturday. A mixture of birdies, pars and bogeys will keep Mickelson from having a truly great day, though.
Prediction: Three-under 69
A 69 on the third day would have placed Mickelson in a good spot had he performed better on Thursday and Friday.
As it is, if he were to fire a 69, he would still need to be exceptional on Sunday to have any shot.
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