“I haven’t had the results, I haven’t been in contention and I haven’t won this year, so I’m certainly nervous about my chances,” he said after a final-round 71 left him eight shots behind.
Mickelson said that his injured right oblique is now a non-factor, and that this was the healthiest he has felt all season.
Mickelson heads now to Augusta, where he’s a three-time winner, but he has never won the Masters when he didn’t have at least one top-10 finish entering the event.
“I think it’s important to have some momentum and to have been in contention heading into the Masters because there’s a lot of pressure there, you feel it,” he said.
“Even when I’m playing really well and I’ve won, you’re nervous because the expectations are a lot higher. It’s not that I have doubts; I just would have liked to be in contention a little bit more. I was hoping to do that this week but wasn’t able to quite put it together.”