Mickelson (T-4) admits 18 'has my number'


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Phil Mickelson has six top-5 finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship, finishing second in 2010, third in ’07 and ’13, fourth this year and fifth in ’04 and ’09.

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.”

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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.”