COLUMBUS, OH (June 1, 2014) — After finishing in a six-way tie for 49th place in the Memorial Tournament at seven over par – playing the 24 par-5s just six under par and the last three holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club nine-over – Phil packed up and headed to North Carolina for two days of U.S. Open prep work at Pinehurst Resort & Country.
“It wasn’t a bad week,” he said, “I started to hit the ball well. I started working the ball a lot more with some iron shots. I thought I had a good week as far as a steppingstone.
“Next week is when I have to put it together and play well. If I can do that, get in contention, it will give me some momentum for the Open. That’s what I need to do.”
He was hoping for that heading into Columbus, too, but never really found it. Strange but true: seven times he immediately followed a birdie with a bogey. Thursday he birdied 15 to get to 5-under only to play the last three holes 5-over.
His trouble with the par-3 16th is major. He refers to it as a par-4. After he bogeyed it Thursday he said he was going to play it three or four over par for the week. So when asked if he parred it Sunday he said, “No, I doubled it,” which brought a chuckle, even from him.
But as usual Phil was looking ahead, not back.Tags: Golf Club, Muirfield, PGA, Phil Mickelson, Pinehurst