After shooting 15-under 273 (a total doomed by an opening 71), Mickelson said that he had accomplished his goal – to set a foundation for the season.
“We had great weather – that allows you to work on the fundamentals and get the swing basics down without having to fight the elements, without getting into bad habits,” he said.
“It was a good week to get the year started. Now we’ll see the next two weeks if I can get that fine-tuning done and shoot the low scores I need.”
With the leaders still on the course, Mickelson will likely finish the tournament outside the top 20.That follows recent performances here in which he placed T-49 in 2012 and T-37 in ’13. He didn’t play here from 2008-2011.
“I’m really excited for the upcoming year,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready to go, ready to get started. It was a good week this week, but some of the fine-tuning needs to get just a little bit sharper.”