Lefty barely keeping sanity, unsure about Boston


PARAMUS, N.J. – Phil Mickelson is still undecided as to whether he’ll tee it up in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

“I don’t know,” he said after his round Saturday, shaking his head. “I’ve got four or five days off here with the late start. We’ll see when I get back home. I’m frustrated with my game, but I love playing in Boston; I love the golf course. And I love Cherry Hills (site of the BMW Championship), too. We’ve got some great tournaments, but I’m not playing very inspired golf right now.”

Entering this week’s Barclays as No. 45 on the FedEx Cup points list, he might need to play – and play well – at TPC Boston in order to continue in the playoffs. There’s a good chance that should he skip next week’s tournament, he would fail to qualify for the BMW one week later.

After a third-round 75 pushed him below the secondary cut line, Mickelson spoke about how frustrated he’s been with his performance.

“I’m barely keeping my sanity; I’m so frustrated. I love playing in the New York area. I mean, the people here are incredible and the golf course is wonderful. I wish the par 5s were a little more exciting, but this course is spectacular.”

Mickelson is one of three players to compete in the Tour Championship during all seven previous editions of the FedEx Cup. Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker are the other two, though Stricker’s run will come to an end this year because of injury.