DORAL, Fla. – Looks like Phil Mickelson is going to work overtime to get ready to defend his title at the Masters.
Trying to hone his game for next month’s run at a fourth green jacket, playing with a chance to pass Tiger Woods in the world rankings for the first time in nearly 14 years, Mickelson struggled. He shot 4-over-par 76 in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, his high score this year.
Mickelson said he was hoping to change his schedule and rest the week of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks, but he’s scrapped that plan.
“If I had a little more success earlier, I probably would have not played Bay Hill, but I probably need a little more competitive golf,” Mickelson said.
Mickelson hit just four greens in regulation Sunday. He spent just about as much time in the sand as on the greens. He hit into 14 bunkers.
With a chance to pass Woods in the world rankings for the first time since April 6, 1997, Mickelson never got on track. Mickelson needed to finish ahead of Woods or tie him over 72 holes at Doral to pass Woods in the world rankings. Woods was 10 shots better than Mickelson Sunday, posting a 66.
“We’ve got our run to Augusta,' Mickelson said. 'Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some good competitive golf before Augusta.”