SAN DIEGO – Phil Mickelson warned observers Thursday that Torrey Pines’ North Course wasn’t the pushover that it has been in the past.
Never has it proved to be this difficult, however.
Playing his last six holes in 4 over, Mickelson shot a second-round 76 Friday to miss the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. It was his worst-ever score on the North side, traditionally the more gettable of the two courses used during the tournament.
The North Course (70.963) played 2.557 shots easier than the South, which will be used for the weekend rounds.
“Yesterday I really thought I was on the cusp of coming out here today and really lighting it up and it just didn’t happen,” he said. “I might have forced the issue a little bit and that could have been a problem, but it doesn’t feel bad at all. The game feels good, body feels good, and I’m looking forward to going to Phoenix and playing well, because it doesn’t feel far off.”
Mickelson’s round was nothing if not adventurous, playing a shot from behind the boundary fence on the par-5 18th (his ninth of the day) and making six bogeys, including on the last three holes. He finished at 1-over 145, the fourth time in the last five years that he wasn’t around for the weekend at his hometown event.
“I don’t really have a great explanation,” he said.