Perhaps that explains why he posted a 3-under 68 in tough conditions during Thursday’s opening round, but produced just a 2-over 73 in a more benign setting during Friday’s second round.
For the day, Mickelson posted three birdies, but also had three bogeys and a double bogey to fall well outside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
His statistics were ultimately pedestrian, too. He found just 8-of-14 fairways, 9-of-18 greens in regulation and needed 27 total putts.
The biggest difference between the two rounds came in his scrambling. He got up and down every time he missed a green on Thursday, but was just 5-for-9 in scrambling on Friday afternoon.