Part of Phil Mickelson's undoing was his going from bunker-to-bunker-to-bunker on No. 12
With Tiger Woods flat on his back and Phil Mickelson missing the cut for the first time in 17 years, the whispers started about this being the end of the Woods-Mickelson championship era.
That seems a bit hasty, especially since Woods will be an unknown quantity when he returns to action.
And Mickelson, well, he really qualifies as a great unknown.
He almost predicted his own doom prior to the Masters when he said he was nervous about his game and how he'd react under pressure.
Mickelson told espn.go.com's Bob Harig, "What I've been nervous about is having a hole like 7 yesterday, a hole like 12 today, where I go along, making pars, putting the ball in the right spot and you just get a bad situation," he said, referring to the triple bogeys he made Thursday and Friday. "And I end up letting instead of one sliding, two or three are going away.
At age 43, Mickelson finds himself in a heck of a spot. He doesn't play a lot because he pinpoints the majors. And because of physical ailments (the most recent of which was a pulled oblique muscle that he said didn't bother him), he doesn't practice as much.
And when he doesn't practice as much, he's not sharp.
Seems pretty simple that the answer is for him to get healthy and get out on the range more, assuming he still has the drive to win more majors.