Mickelson shoots 76 to miss cut in Phoenix


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The fan favorite won’t be around this weekend at TPC Scottsdale.

Phil Mickelson struggled with cold and rainy conditions Friday, carding a 5-over 76 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. At 3 over, he finished two shots outside the projected cut line.

“It was a difficult round I thought for everyone out there with the weather and the rain,” Mickelson said. “I saw some good rounds out there, but my short game was off today. I let a lot of shots slide around the greens, and I’ve got to fix that. That happened last week, as well.”

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Mickelson is making his 26th consecutive start in this event, and this marks just the sixth time he missed the cut. Mickelson bogeyed three of his first six holes and didn’t make a birdie until No. 16. By then, his chances of making the weekend were nearly gone.

Mickelson now plans to shift his focus to next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, his hometown event and one from which he withdrew last year because of an injury. With his early exit, Lefty doesn’t plan to stick around the Phoenix area for the Super Bowl festivities this weekend.

“I wasn’t planning to go to the Super Bowl, anyway. I will go back to San Diego and watch,” he said. “I will maybe get even a little extra practice round in or two over at Torrey (Pines) and get ready for the upcoming event. See if I can get my short game sharp.”