By Larry GLicken

Phil Mickelson had every opportunity, to make a move the the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He let those slip by. Phil’s iron game wasn’t sharp, and if he starts the US Open missing like he did today, Phil is going to have a difficult time.

Mickelson was one of the most experienced players on the leader board in Memphis. He has more wins than anyone else, that was in contention. He failed to capitalize, and he looked a bit lost with his shots to the green.

He was using this tournament, as a tune up to ready his game for Pinehurst next week. He needs a win at the tournament he finished 2nd in several times, to complete the career slam.

On a day, when many thought they would see Phil vault up the leader-board, he fell backwards. He finished his 4th round, by shooting a 2 over par 72. He was within 3 strokes of the leader, and couldn’t manage to hit a green. There was one hole where Phil found the fairway bunker, and he looked like a weekend hacker trying to get the ball out.

His shot from the sand, hit the lip, and squirted off badly to the left. This was the performance we have come to expect, from a player with Mickelson’s talent. Who knows, maybe his mind was already thinking of the US Open. This is one event Mickelson wants as badly as any he has ever won.

He has to tune up his iron play if he is going to have a chance next week. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t count him out just yet. Mickelson has a way of bouncing back, and winning majors. I still think he is one of the front-runners in next weeks US Open.

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