“I think the course is sensational,” said Mickelson following a closing 66 that left him tied for fourth place for his ninth top-10 finish in Charlotte. “It gives you kind of a glimpse of what it can be or will be for next year's PGA Championship. The greens are lightning fast. Can you imagine this golf course with severe rough where you have to play very defensive?”
Mickelson got off to a quick start on Sunday, playing his first seven holes in 4 under par. Following three consecutive birdies starting at the 14th hole, he moved to within three strokes of the lead, but he couldn’t close the gap any further.
Like most years for Mickelson at Quail Hollow, where he’s finished runner-up once and third twice, his title chances were undone at the 18th hole with a quadruple bogey-8 on Saturday.
“My game feels very good, but you need that little something to win and to make a mistake like I made on 18 [on Saturday], that's the kind of stuff you just can't do, but I feel like I'm pretty close,” he said.