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Will Phil Mickelson Show?
The hashtag "#PhilWasHere" may not apply at TPC Boston this week. Phil Mickelson, who drove his Titleist into the hospitality pavilion two times during his frustrating rounds at The Barclays, may skip the DBC.
Mickelson, who has just one top-10 finish in 2014 (the PGA Championship), failed to make the secondary cut and flew home to San Diego and had some thinking to do.
Mickelson told Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel, “I’ve got four or five days off here with the late start. We’ll see when I get back home. I’m frustrated with my game, but I love playing in Boston. I love the golf course ... but I’m not playing very inspired golf right now."
Mickelson is 57th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 advance to Denver for the BMW Championship. Should Lefty skip this tournament, only 13 of the other 99 need to catapult Mickelson out of the playoffs. Mickelson, in the end, may not mind.
Can Hunter Mahan Stay Hot?
Mahan, if nothing else, has been a model of consistency in the FedEx Cup playoffs. After a so-so year, he is atop the standings with 3,276 points, 466 points ahead of Rory McIlroy (2,810 points). He’s the only golfer to play in all 29 playoff tournaments to date.
“I think that’s basically saying that I haven’t really had a bad year in that span, and that feels really good,” Mahan told The Boston Globe. “There’s been a lot of great players who haven’t done that. I’m extremely proud of that fact.”
Mahan needs the momentum he earned from The Barclays. The Deutsche Bank Championship hasn’t been Mahan’s best tournament of the playoffs.
The Boston Globe’s Michael Whitmer wrote, "Of the four playoff tournaments, the DBC is the one in which Mahan has had the least success (a tie for eighth in 2011 is his best showing). But since the playoff format made its debut in 2007, he has been the one always playing."
Mahan is rounding into form just when he needs to. With a Ryder Cup berth in the wings and 10 million reasons to keep playing well (insert Johnny Manziel money sign here), Mahan is primed for a peak performance.
Will the Real Stenson Please Stand Up?
Stenson was six under and just two strokes back heading into the third round at The Barclays. Then, he quintuple-bogeyed the par-four fourth to register a score of seven-over for the front nine and a six-over day that sunk him faster than a U-boat.
Stenson is the defending champion of the FedEx Cup playoffs and the DBC, and he needs to put The Barclays behind him.
As it stands, he’s 66th in the points and needs a strong effort to prove he belongs at the BMW Championship in Denver.