The only number he’s missing is first, a goal that eluded him again this week despite his lowest four-round total (12 under) in a dozen trips to Quail Hollow Club.
Still, Mickelson was pleased with his first top-10 finish at a non-major since the 2012 Barclays.
“I had a good week as far as building momentum and improving the areas that I needed to work on,” said Mickelson, who closed with a 68. “I really worked hard on my short putts and putted those phenomenal ... The last step for me is to eliminate some mistakes.”
Miscues like his triple bogey-7 on the 18th hole on Saturday and the double bogey-6 he had at the closing hole on Friday. It’s all part of a largely bad relationship Lefty has with Quail Hollow’s closing stretch.
“If I take it to the left I have to hit driver to carry the water, and then if I don’t go in the water, if I pull it like I did today I go in the bunker up against the lip,” Mickelson said of No. 18. “I don’t know how to play it. Everybody else has to, too. It just has my number.”