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Phil Mickelson still can’t capitalize on Tiger’s mistakes

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This was supposed to be the the year. The year when Phil Mickelson finally used that family man persona and happy-go-lucky grin to his advantage. Armed with an arsenal of fans, a six-degree Callaway driver, and swing he claimed was better than ever, Mickelson seemed to be prohibitive favorite to make the most off Tiger Woods’ absence from from the tour.

Now eight weeks into the tour schedule, things appear to be completely different from what Mickelson had imagined when he first teed it up at the Torrey Pines at the end of January. Instead of capitalizing on the moment and the spotlight, Mickelson has instead fumbled in his first four starts of the season, a T8 at Pebble his best finish so far this year.

Not only that, Steve Stricker moved into the world No.2 spot, all but putting Mickelson’s chances of inching closer to Woods on hold until he can get back in the winners circle. To say the start to this season has been a total nosedive would be an understatement.

True, he’s still got a couple more tournaments to go before the Masters, but his play at the moment wouldn’t be good enough to win the Asian Masters. Still, you’ve got to believe Lefty will get it going at some point. After all, he’s known for putting the game together just in time for the biggest events.

All it takes is a couple of putts and a sub-65 round to get things moving in the right direction. You just have to wonder when Phil finally wakes up and makes it happen.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/01/2010 at 4:21 pm

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