Napa, CA (Oct. 9, 2017) –Fresh off an encouraging stretch run in the 2016-17 season, Phil Mickelson was in high spirits when he arrived at Silverado Country Club for the Safeway Open and the start of the 2017-18 schedule. Despite narrowly missing the Tour Championship, Phil was a cumulative 21 under par in his last two Tour events – his best run since the opening two weeks of the season – and his 3-0-1 Presidents Cup helped lead the U.S. to its 12th consecutive victory.
He was in Napa, one of his favorite getaway places, and ready to get away to a fresh start in the new season. He was motivated to prove his game was at the level he was looking through much of the preceding season. He called Silverado “a fun place to play,” a course that puts a premium on iron play, long the strength of Phil’s game.
“I have an opportunity to start the new season with a little bit of momentum,” said Phil. “I’ve been playing well, so I would like to get a good finish, get a good start.”
That he did with a 12 under par 276, and a share of sixth place. That equaled his best placement of the year, at the Dell Technologies Championship, and was his best score against par since his 14-under earned a tie for eighth last season at the Safeway last year.
Phil was two under par for the round on Sunday and chasing the lead going into 17 Sunday but he bunkered his approach and made bogey for the second straight day, though he also closed with a birdie on 18 again and his 23 for the week led the field.
Phil plans to close his competitive year Oct. 26-29 with the WGC-HSBC Championships in Shanghai, where he’s won twice.
“I’ll keep my game sharp and go over there and try to come out on top,” he said, “because I feel like I’m pretty close.”