Too little too late


CHASKA, Minn. – Phil Mickelson’s 76 may not look like progress, but the 2005 PGA champion said he saw some positive signs in his unsteady third round.

Putting has been the biggest issue for Lefty this week, with cards of 34 (Round 1), 33 (Round 2) and 30 (Round 3) putts, but he spent extra time on the practice green late Friday and said he is close to sorting things out.

“I feel like I have better direction with my putter,” said Mickelson, who was headed off property before front-runner Tiger Woods had teed off.

As for his plans for Saturday afternoon, Mickelson said he would probably not watch the rest of the action. Instead, he planned to watch preseason NFL. “My Chargers are playing,” he smiled.