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Mickelson's focus is on U.S. Open prep, not image

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Less than a week after news broke that he was being investigated for possible insider trading, Phil Mickelson said Wednesday that he was more concerned with getting his game in gear than any potential legal or image problems. 

“Right now I’m just trying to win a U.S. Open,” he said Wednesday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. “Right now I’m just trying to get my game ready to finish off that grand slam. I’ve got seven to 10 days here to really get my game sharp and ready, and that’s really all I can worry about for now.”

Mickelson is off to his worst start as a pro, and he’s gone 16 consecutive starts without a top-10 finish on Tour, dating to August. Last week, he finished T-49 at the Memorial.

“I don’t feel like the parts are off, but the score has been off,” he said. “I have to stay sharp, salvage shots, fight through each round and see if I can finish strong.”

Mickelson is outside the top 40 in every major statistical category, most notably strokes gained-putting, where he ranks 106th. Last year, he was sixth.

A year ago, Mickelson tied for second here at TPC Southwind and parlayed that strong performance into another runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. No player has ever won a PGA Tour event and U.S. Open in back-to-back weeks.

“I would like to have had better performances this year, but I’ve been able to be physically healthy and strong and able to swing the club the way I want to swing it and hit the shots I want to hit,” he said. 

“The last piece is being able to mentally block out the past performances of the last few months and focus on some good ones.”