Phil Mickelson is facing an uphill battle. Although he shot a 1-under-60 for a 6-over-146 for 36 holes. He made the cut, but if he’s going to contend, there’s a lot of work ahead of him.
“I have not putted well,” he said. “My speed’s been off. I haven’t putted well. I’m going to go work on it now. If I have good putting day — what happened in 1995, I will always remember. The conditions were calm in the morning. I remember Neal Lancaster shooting 29 for nine holes and getting right back in it. The conditions are supposed to be calm in the morning, kind of like we’re seeing. I think there’s a 4, 5, 6 under par round there. If I can shoot that or anybody who just made the cut, I think there’s potential. You just never know in this tournament. If the wind picks up, it could move them into contention for Sunday.
“So, you know, half the battle for me was I was, what, 9 over par, and outside the cut line and had to play the last 15 in under par just to make the cut. So I had to fight hard just to get to this point.
“But I’m playing well enough to shoot that number, given the conditions, and I just have to putt a little better.”
He’s 10 shots behind the leader Dustin Johnson, so for Mickelson to have any chance this weekend, he will need some help, such as Johnson coming back to the pack.
If the leader continues his superior play, then Mickelson will have to wait for that ever elusive US Open Championship.