After a decent round to go 1-under for the day, Phil Mickelson seems to be very pleased with the way things are going for him.
“Going out tomorrow, I feel like I’m playing well,” Mickelson said. “I feel good about my game, and I feel like I’m playing well enough to shoot a low round out there. I feel like I can shoot something in the mid 60s, whether it’s tomorrow or the weekend. You know, I feel like I can do it.”
Today, he didn’t put well on the front nine and had to make up for it on the back end. It was something he adjusted and was able to save himself from a tough day.
“Tim, my brother, noticed that I was kind up and out of it a little bit,” Mickelson said. “So, made a slight adjustment, and I made four really good putts on 9, 10, 11 and 12.”
So, he has a chance. However, with Brooks Koepka outing a 7-under on the board, Phil has an uphill climb.
“That was a heck of a round,” Mickelson said. “I mean, it was a heck of a round, but you just can’t get caught up in that because it’s such a difficult test that if you don’t stay in the moment, you’ll make a big number.”
But this is Bethpage Black and anything can happen here, even with the minus-7 at the top of the board.
And Mickelson knows it.
“It’s a very fair — I feel like I can make some pars out of the rough,” he said. “I feel like I don’t have to be too perfect, but I feel like I can salvage a couple of pars with just a few bad tee shots, and if I keep it in check, I should be able to shoot an under-par round.”
We shall see.