DUBLIN, Ohio – Hard to believe that after 18 years on the PGA Tour, 38 titles and four majors the one thing, other than the top spot in the World Ranking, that has eluded Phil Mickelson is a perfect game from the tee.
According to Mickelson he’s never played a round and hit every fairway, not in 1,425 rounds for those keeping track, but through 12 holes on Friday at Muirfield Village that mystifying feat was within Lefty’s reach.
That was until he pulled his drive slightly at the par-4 13th hole, missing the fairway in the right rough, to ruin his chance at perfect.
“When I missed it on 13, I thought I'd hit driver on 14 because it didn't matter. If I had hit that fairway on 13, I would have hit iron on 14. I know it sounds crazy, buts that the way I was thinking,” said Mickelson, who birdied his last two holes for a 71 and is tied for eighth place at 6 under.
And the worst part, he couldn’t even blame it on Jim Joyce, the Major League Baseball umpire whose blown call cost Detroit’s Armando Galarrage his bid at a perfect game earlier this week.