Mickelson plays 'sloppy' at the Nelson on Day 3


IRVING, Texas – Keeping with a continuing theme during his recent three-week run, Phil Mickelson didn’t play badly on Saturday. But he didn’t exactly go low, either.

Mickelson followed opening rounds of 70-69 with another 1-under 69 in the Byron Nelson Championship third round.

“It was a day where I had a lot of opportunities to get right back in the mix and made four or five mistakes there, sloppy bogeys, but I made some good birdies today and had some good things happen,” said the former champion, who had five birdies and four bogeys. “So hopefully I'll get out tomorrow and play a good round. I think I will be too far back to make a run but you never know, try to get a hot front nine tomorrow.”

Following his Friday round, Mickelson said he was displeased with his ball-striking performance. He wasn’t able to correct it on Saturday.

“It wasn't that much better today,” he said. “I hit a lot of wild shots today. I was able to make some birdies, though, but made too many mistakes. I hit it very well the last two weeks but didn't score well. Today and yesterday, my ball striking was poor, and I'll see if I can get it turned around for tomorrow. Doesn't feel like it's far off but not as good as I needed.”