FORT WORTH, TX (May 28, 2017) – Phil Mickelson hit a lot of good shots in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at storied Colonial Country Club, just not enough of them. And he didn’t make nearly enough putts. So, he finished in a tie for 29th place.
It was his first appearance at Colonial since 2010 and it looked like he was comfortable again on the course where he won twice and finished second by a stroke once.
“It’s fun to be back,” he said after opening with a 67. “The course challenges you tee to green but you’ll be rewarded with a pretty good birdie putt if you get it on the green.”
Aye, there’s the rub.
He also acknowledged that his half of the field played without the stronger winds that picked up in the afternoon and his numbers backed it up. Phil ranked third in strokes gained off the tee and sixth tee to green in the first round.
He was not so lucky the next blustery day, when those numbers dipped to 29th and 42nd and he shot 75 without a birdie, a first for him since the Wells Fargo Championship 54 weeks earlier. Phil birdied the first and second holes Saturday and Sunday, but managed just 1-under par 69 each day with only six birdies against five bogeys.
“I feel like I’m driving the ball better,” he said, “but my scoring has got to improve.”
He’ll have his next chance this week at The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in Dublin, Ohio.