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Phil Mickelson got off to a rough start Thursday but rebounded well.
Tee Time: 1:45 p.m. ET; No. 1 tee (with Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods)
Why You Need to Watch
Because it's Phil Mickelson, and who knows what the big left-hander is going to do from day-to-day? Come to think of it, you never really know what Mickelson might do from one part of a round to another.
He came to Valhalla pumped about his game after shooting 62 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He thought his game was finally where he wanted it to be, but when he swung a club for the first time in the PGA Championship, it rocketed far left.
“When you are not in contention, when you haven’t won a tournament, when you haven’t played the way you expect to and you are not in the final group for a while, you get nervous, and that is exactly what happened,” Mickelson told reporters after finishing up his opening round on Thursday. “I just made some unconfident swings.”
Friday’s Pass or Fail
On Thursday, Mickelson was able to grab onto a round that was going in the wrong direction quickly as he was two-over par after eight holes. He salvaged the day by playing the last 10 holes at four under. That 62 he shot at Firestone was great, but it came with him being far from the lead. It's only the second round of the PGA Championship, but he's in contention ahead of Friday.
Because of the constant inconsistency in his game this year, it will be a hole-to-hole day for Mickelson. If he starts going sideways and can get it back again, that's a good sign. If the round gets away from him, it could be a 75 or worse...and the roller coaster continues.
Mickelson hasn't had a top-10 finish this year and may not get one this week, either. But he's going to hang in on Friday, finish somewhere around par and get to the weekend.