He was almost as frustrated by that as he was encouraged by it.
“I'm close,” Mickelson said. “I'm sick of saying that. I'm tired of not being there yet.”
Mickelson followed up Saturday’s 66 with a 69 on Sunday. He pitched in for eagle at the short sixth. He finished at 8-under overall and looking like he would place among the top 20 at day’s end.
“It keeps getting better and better, and I keep hitting more and more good shots each round, but I keep making some dumb mistakes,” he said. “And at this level, some of the mistakes I'm making, you just can't do. I'm hitting plenty of good shots to be on top of the leaderboard, but I'm making too many mistakes that are pulling me down.”
Mickelson’s looking to end his season on an upswing with a FedEx Cup Playoffs run that would lead into the Presidents Cup. He wants to earn his way on to the U.S. Presidents Cup team, but he’s 36th on the points list. The top 10 at the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Championship in three weeks automatically qualify to make the team. Mickelson would rather not be a captain’s picks. He plans to play The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship over the next three weeks.
“I haven't quite gotten back to where I know I can be, but I feel like I keep inching my way up,” Mickelson said. “It's just taking a lot longer than I thought.”