Mickelson optimistic heading to Cherry Hills


NORTON, Mass. – Despite another less-than-stellar week, Phil Mickelson sounded much more upbeat when he left TPC Boston than he did following the FedEx Cup playoff opener in New Jersey.

“I haven’t driven the ball this well in a long time and my putter felt great. Even my iron shots, which have been off … but I’m hitting better shots than I did before,” said Mickelson following a final-round 67 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

But it’s not his game that has Mickelson feeling more optimistic heading into the BMW Championship so much as it is the location. Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills, site of this week’s BMW, and will play the Denver-area layout for the first time since that victory.

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Mickelson said he hopes the return to Cherry Hills will wrest him out of a late-season funk in time to propel him into the Tour Championship. Lefty began the week in Boston 53rd on the FedEx Cup playoff points list and will need to crack the top 30 next week to qualify for the Tour Championship. If he doesn’t advance to East Lake it will mark the first time in his career he’s failed to qualify for the finale.

 “I’m not really focused that well but I’m hoping … going back to Cherry Hills my motivation is extremely high,” Mickelson said. “It’s been an issue for me this year. It’s something I’ll have to address in the offseason. I need to work on seeing the shot.”