DORAL, Fla. – Phil Mickelson’s third-round 69 on Saturday at Doral was a marked improvement over his first two turns on the Gil Hanse redesign, but he didn’t seem to be holding out much hope of a Sunday a charge.
Lefty, who was tied for 13th and six strokes off the pace when he completed his round, said his current motivation is directed further down the road.
“It’s not really my biggest concern right now. My concern was that I start to hit better shots and start to play better,” Mickelson said. “But it is crunch time now with Augusta right around the corner.”
Mickelson doesn’t have a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour in 2014 (he finished runner-up in Abu Dhabi in January). Unless things continue to trend favorably on Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship it would mark the first time since 1993 that he wouldn’t have a top-10 showing heading down Magnolia Lane.
Mickelson plans to take the next three weeks off before playing the Shell Houston Open the week before the Masters, but he left open the idea of possibly adding to his schedule depending on his form and family.
“I don’t see myself adding (another event to my schedule) but I wouldn't rule it out. I just don't know,” Mickelson said. “I'm still a little rusty. I have not been mentally that sharp, and so to play better each day has been good for me and the result of this particular tournament is not my biggest priority right now; but with Augusta right around the corner, it's time to get going.”