CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The scorecard will forever show that Phil Mickelson lost the Wells Fargo Championship with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes Sunday afternoon, but he was adamant afterward that it was the 15th where he failed to take control of the tournament.
“If I could have gotten that bunker shot up and down on 15, I would have had a two shot lead heading into those last three holes, which I know are very difficult holes, so it would have been nice to have that,” he explained. “Unfortunately, I hit a poor bunker shot and left the putt short. Then I bogeyed 16 and 17.
“There is just no excuse. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary or difficult.”
With a 1-over 73 that left him one stroke out of a playoff, Mickelson admitted that the loss won’t sting as much as some that he’s had during his career. In fact, if anything it may give him more reason for optimism entering the next event.
“My game feels good,” he said. “The Players is next week and I’m looking forward to that event. I should have a good chance at that one. I feel like I’m playing well enough to get into contention.”
In 10 starts so far this season, Mickelson now has three finishes in the top-three, including his solo third at Quail Hollow.