Looks like the cure to Phil Mickelson’s sub-par play was to return back to California. Lefty’s shot a bogey-free 65 on Thursday at the Safeway Open and sits two strokes behind leader Sepp Straka.
Phil had a very forgettable trip to France last week for the Ryder Cup. He went 0-2 for the U.S. Team and ceded the clinching point to Molinari to allowing the European Team to win back the Cup. Phil’s biggest highlight was probably when he kicked a cup off the top of Zach Johnson’s head.
Phil spent a good amount of time at the range the past couple of weeks. He has been trying to fix is swing, but to avail. “I had one of the worst warm-ups of the year, that I’ve had in a long time,” Mickelson said. “I was hitting the fence on the range right. I was hitting the fence on the range left. I was hitting it terrible.”
Even after a stellar first round on Thursday, Lefty still does not much confidence in his game. “I was surprised at some of the shots I hit. I honestly have been hitting it just terrible, and today was just an anomaly,” Mickelson said. “Don’t let the good round fool you; I’m not at my best. But today, a few things clicked and it was fun.”