At this point, after 23 years on Tour, there’s little Phil Mickelson can do that will come as a shock.
But it’s never any less entertaining.
Mickelson went out in a woeful 6-over 42 on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, with a double bogey on No. 4 and bogeys on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 9.
Of course, he’d close with three birdies and a lone bogey on the back to shoot 34, somehow shaving eight strokes off his front-nine score for a final-round 4-over 76. The turnaround is even more impressive when you consider the birdie putts he missed on 17 and 18, both from roughly 11 feet.
Still, if he was looking to gain some momentum ahead of the Masters, he didn’t exactly do it.
Instead, his score increased by two strokes each day at TPC San Antonio, with rounds of 70-72-74-76.
Mickelson is scheduled, as usual, to play next week’s Shell Houston Open, where he’ll have one more opportunity to get his game in shape before making a run at his fourth green jacket.
Since the start of last season, the 44-year-old, 42-time winner has posted just one top-10 finish, a solo second at last year’s PGA Championship.