Mickelson competed in a practice round at Royal St. Louis on Monday. George said he wanted to move on the mini-controversy surrounding a report in the Detroit News regarding an old gambling issue that the Hall of Famer was dealing with and then increased by talking more about it.
In a short interview about the course, Mickelson said ‘I made my point and caught your attention’ and said he was moving on for his 27th appearance in The Open.
Mickelson, who won the PGA Championship in May for his sixth major title and 45th PGA Tour tournament, arrived on Saturday and had already seen the track the Sunday before his practice session on Monday.
“My confidence in playing the Open Championship since I won in ’13 is exponentially higher, ” Mickelson said of his victory at Muirfield eight years ago. ‘And this track requires a lot of different shots. I feel this is a good link course for my game. I do not have to hit drivers. There is enough space to hit it. There is enough space to keep the ball in play. And then I can make it slides to try to score. ”
Mickelson has one of his best Open results at Royal St. George’s scored in 2011, finishing second after sometimes leading the way in the final round and eventually finishing 3 strokes away from the winner. Darren Clarke.
Up to that point, Mickelson had only one top-10 in the Open, and only led in 2004 when he missed a playoff game with one stroke and finished third.
The good game ten years ago helped him two years later when he shot a lock 66 to come back from five and win the Claret Jug.
“I played some of my best golf here in bad weather I’ve ever played here,” Mickelson said. Barred from Muirfield on Saturday in ’02, the weather here in ’11 was the worst we’ve played. . I started with two gloves. All-weather gloves. The club did not slip and I played some of my best golf here. Since then, I wear two all-weather gloves when it rains here. I learned a lot this week that I transferred. ”
Mickelson also learned not to get too excited about where his game stands early in the week. Since winning the PGA in Kiawah, his results have not carried over, as Mickelson has not finished better than the 60th in four games.
“My game was close and it was sinking in,” he said. “We’ll see. It’s Monday. But I like the course, I like how I go. ‘