SANDWICH, England – The results have not been so good since Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship, but he was cautiously optimistic and made another turn at The Open.
Instead, Mickelson walked from Royal St. Louis on Friday afternoon. George’s off and get ready to go home to California.
Thursday an 80-over-par 80 – just his second score of 80 or higher in 94 rounds at The Open – making it anything but impossible to get the 36-hole cut. He added a 72 on Friday to finish at 152, 12-course mark.
“I thought I was really ready,” he said.
Mickelson spoke earlier this week about believing that Royal St. George’s suits him, that he hits the ball nicely and feels good to perform well.
But he made no birdies in the opening round and was very lost to explain what happened.
For the two rounds, he hit just 19 of 36 greens in the series and took 65 set shots, 35 of which were in the first round. It was the seventh time in 27 Opens that Mickelson missed the track.
“I worked hard,” he said. “I prepared. I felt like I was playing well and playing some of my worst golf. And I do not have good answers. So I have to figure out how to get back to the level of play I know I can do in Kiawah (at the PGA Championship), and try to argue.
“Because that’s what I love. It’s what excites me and makes all the work worthwhile. I just need to find out what the deal is. I put in a lot of work and effort to be ready. Thought I was ready. “And of course I played terribly.”
Mickelson said it has not been a disappointment since he won the PGA, where he became the oldest major champion.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “It was an emotional boost if it was anything.”
Mickelson said he would take a few weeks to regroup. He did not commit to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, although he said he would probably play in three weeks.
“I have some issues I need to work on,” he said.