LAKE FOREST, Ill. (Sept. 14, 2013) – It’s an old golf cliché but as the great Tex Maule wrote, “When you get triter you often get righter.” Phil Mickelson wasn’t feeling his best, far from it, but he posted his best score of the BMW Championship today with a 3-under par 68.
He hit nine fairways, as he did Friday, one more than he did Thursday. He hit 11 greens for the third day in a row. The difference was 10 one-putts and a chip-in, 24 putts total; he averaged 30 the first two days.
Another difference: after the round Phil took even more time than usual to leave the scoring hut after signing his card. He needed a little extra time to lie on the floor and gather himself before going out to sign autographs for more than 25 minutes on his way to the locker. He’d been out in the sun or nearly five hours altogether but he was pale.
“Must have been something I ate last night,” he said.
The score bumped him back up to a share of 31st heading into the final round, which was forecast to be rainy and very possibly delayed due to thunderstorms.
Phil bogeyed the par-3 second hole for the third straight day but quickly rebounded with a birdie at the third and added three more to get to 2-under for the tournament before he fanned a drive left on the par-3 17th. That left him short-sided from gnarly rough to a pin tucked in a back-left ear of the green and he made bogey.
“I’ll be fine,” said Phil, before leaving to get some serious relaxation. He’ll need to be fresh on what appears will be a long final day. The season-ending Tour Championship is next week in Atlanta. If one of the top five players in the FedExCup points race wins there he wins the $10 million bonus. With 18 holes to play Phil’s ranked sixth.Tags: BMW, BMW Championship, Phil Mickelson