Phil Mickelson struggled Thursday in his opening round at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
He posted a 3-over 73 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and entered Friday both a full 10 shots outside the leaders and outside the projected cut line.
Lefty, though, was completely unbothered by his performance. He’s still basking in the glow of last week’s historic finish in South Carolina.
“Yeah, I didn’t play well,” Mickelson said after his round. “But I won the PGA, so…”
Mickelson picked up his 45th career PGA Tour win and sixth major victory last week at the PGA Championship. At 50, his win on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island made him the oldest to ever win a major championship.
While he said he never considered skipping the Charles Schwab Challenge, Mickelson may end up heading home early. Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia each fired a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the lead. Mickelson, on the other hand, will start Friday two shots outside of the cut line.
Mickelson struggled with the windy conditions — there were gusts up to 20 mph Thursday — and had plenty of issues finding the fairway.
"You can't play this course out of the rough because then you have tree trouble, which I had repeatedly, and I didn't putt well," he said. "But I won the PGA, so I'll see if I can get it turned around for tomorrow and get a little better focus, a little better energy."
After his stop in Texas, Mickelson will turn his focus to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines next month.
Until then, he’s just trying to enjoy the Wanamaker Trophy as long as he can — even if it throws him off his game a bit.
“It was almost like I was trying a little too hard, and I wasn’t just calm and let it happen, and I was a bit antsy,” Mickelson said. “What would be the word? Unsettled would be the word. Like, I just couldn’t quite get calmed down in that same frame of mind.”
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