Lefty curbs criticism


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Following his final-round 68 and runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy at the Quail Hollow Championship on Sunday Phil Mickelson dialed down his criticism of the layout’s greens.

Mickelson, who on Saturday called Quail Hollow’s greens the worst on the PGA Tour, was asked if his dislike of the putting surfaces would keep him from playing the event in the future.

“Oh, not at all. I love this tournament. I love the way the Tour sets it up. I love the city here, and I've always loved this,” Mickelson said. “I've come to really love and enjoy this golf tournament, and everybody has got to play them.”

Early Sunday we asked tournament director Kym Hougham about Lefty’s comments and he said he was surprised because he’d never heard Mickelson, or any other player for that matter, complain about Quail Hollow’s greens.

Either way, Mickelson’s near-miss should bring him back in 2011, if not re-designer Tom Fazio’s handiwork with the slopes.