Phil Mickelson’s putter must be looking forward to a two-week break, as well.
Lefty tied for first in greens hit this week, but his putter let him down on several occasions, none more so than during Sunday’s 74 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am that plummeted him all the way to joint 19th. For the week, Mickelson ranked 68th in the field in putting.
“This is the worst putting week I’ve had in a year and a half,” he told reporters afterward. “It was a horrific performance on the greens.”
Playing his fourth event in a row, Mickelson will now take a much-needed two-week break. He is skipping both the Northern Trust Open and WGC-Match Play, and will return at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
“The parts are all there, but I haven’t quite put them all together in one week,” he told reporters afterward. “Starting when the Tour goes to Florida, that’s really the run to Augusta in my mind. It’s nice to know heading into that stretch that the parts are there. I just have to put them all together.”
After withdrawing at Torrey Pines, Mickelson’s back injury seemed to pose little concern in his following two starts, even in the cold and damp conditions on the Monterey Peninsula. Last week, he tied for 42nd at the Phoenix Open.
Though a small sample size (five starts), Mickelson appears to have regressed a bit on the greens. In 2013, he ranked sixth in strokes gained-putting, his best ranking since the statistic was introduced in 2004. He entered this event ranked 42nd, and that number figures to drop further after the poor week on the greens.