Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Mickelson just hasn't been as sharp as he was.
Based on performance alone, there is little to find fault with in Phil Mickelson’s career.
He’s won $69,409,378, won 41 times on the PGA Tour, won four major championships and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
He’s very much like Arnold Palmer was in terms of his interaction with his legion of fans, signing endless numbers of autographs.
But since his diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis in mid-2010, it’s just not been the same Phil Mickelson out there.
Since that time, he’s finished 50th or worse seven times. That’s a lot for a guy of Mickelson’s pedigree.
No conclusions are being jumped to, but at age 42 and with psoriatic arthritis, what we’re seeing at the moment could be a portent of things to come.
His performances in winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open and finishing third in the WGC-Cadillac Championship would indicate otherwise.
Certainly not saying he’s on the way out, but maybe expectations need to be adjusted for the big Lefty.