Phil Mickelson has not been playing an excellent golf of late. He missed his fourth cut in six starts Friday at the 3M Open. Mickelson admitted that he had not been playing a good golf and he had a lot to work on as he prepares for The Open in two weeks time at Royal Portrush.
Mickelson, who shot 2-over 73 to slip to 5 over and book his early exit from TPC Twin Cities, said that he was struggling a little bit at the moment and he would try to work things out.
The 49-year-old now has just one finish better than T-40 in 12 starts since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.
Mickelson said that there are some areas he needs to improve on before the year’s final major which include: not hitting his short irons close enough, not putting very well and driving it a little bit erratic.
For much of the closing moments on Friday, it appeared that Mickelson wouldn’t be the only headliner to miss the cut at the inaugural 3M Open. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka tripled the par-5 18th to fall below the cut line before playing his second nine in 2 under to shoot 72 and get to 3 under. Jason Day was even par overall with three holes to play in his second round but birdied each of his final three holes to also finish at three under.
The two stars were right on the cut line as the second round neared its conclusion when a flurry of late birdies – and eagles (Bud Cauley eagled the 18th to move from 2 under to 4 under) – threatened to bump the cut line up to 4 under, and Joey Garber’s two-putt birdie from 21 feet at No. 18 did the job.
Nonetheless, Cameron Davis missed the cut but also moved the 3-under group back above the cut line. His closing triple bogey dropped him from 5 under to 2 under.
Koepka and Day are among the 85 players who will play on Saturday – but Mickelson won’t play.