AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson might have two drivers back in his bag, as Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis reported Saturday, but he looked like he needed a third at the first tee.
Mickelson sent his opening tee shot of the third round sailing wide left, nearly into the ninth fairway. Still, he sent a jolt through the patrons huddled around the first green when he launched an iron up and over the trees and stuck his approach 5 feet from the flagstick.
Mickelson left those patrons groaning when he missed the putt, blowing a chance for a birdie-birdie-birdie start.
Mickelson two putted for birdie at the second and spun a wedge to 4 feet at the third to make another birdie. Mickelson gave a shot back failing to get up and down out of the green in front of the fourth hole. It wasn’t the start that looked possible when he was over that first putt.
About his long-shafted driver: Mickelson still couldn't stay with Gary Woodland. He was 32 yards short of Woodland with his drive at No. 2 and 20 yards short with his tee shot at the third.