AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson showed better command of his driver(s) Friday at the Masters, but his short game failed him.
After an even-par 72, Mickelson stands at 2-under for the championship with a lot of work to do on the weekend.
“I thought I drove the ball great,” Mickelson said. “I hit the ball very long and to the spots that I was trying to hit it. So I was able to be aggressive to a lot of holes. But I didn't get up and down . . . There were six chances, up-and-downs, that I normally would get up and down.”
Mickelson was eight shots off the lead when he signed his scorecard.
After deciding against putting two drivers in his bag Thursday, Mickelson did just that on Friday. He put the longer-shafter driver back in his bag and said he relied on it heavily. After hitting just four fairways in the first round, Mickelson hit nine on Friday. He needed 33 putts on Friday, four more than Thursday.
“I'm not in that bad a spot, where if I can go out and shoot a good round I can get right back in it,” Mickelson said. “It's kind of like last week, where I'm hoping to pull it off, where I'm in a position if I can go make a move on Saturday and get right back in it.”
Mickelson was four shots back heading into the weekend in Houston. When Mickelson won his first three Masters’ titles, he was never worse than fifth place going into the weekend.
“These next two days are my favorite two days of the year, the weekend of the Masters,” Mickelson said. “There's nothing better than playing the weekend here at Augusta, and to be a couple under par in a position where a good round in the mid 60s you can make up a lot of ground.”