Phil hoping bogey history will repeat itself for him
THE LAST time Phil Mickelson made a quadruple bogey he won the event and the American is hoping that lightning strikes twice as he moved into contention halfway through the WGC- HSBC Champions tournament yesterday.
Mickelson ran up a nine at the par-five eighth (his 17th hole) during Thursday’s opening round. The stern look on his face as he left the course suggested that anyone approaching him for a positive comment would do well to steer clear.
He was, however, in a far more jovial mood yesterday after shooting a four-under-par 68 that helped him climb back into contention after an opening 71.
Mickelson may sit seven strokes behind runaway leader Dustin Johnson, but the lefthander is only two shots behind a trio of players tied for second place.
“The good news for me is I’m playing well, making a lot of birdies, and if can eliminate some mistakes, I should have a chance over the weekend,” the British Open champion told reporters.
“That nine on my 17th hole yesterday really hurt, but I fought back today to get back in it. I’m going to continue to play aggressively because I have to make birdies to catch the lead.
“Hopefully I’ll eliminate a few mistakes here and there.”
As for the last time he made a quadruple bogey, Mickelson had no trouble remembering exactly when and where it happened.
“The Tour Championship, 14th hole at East Lake in 2009,” he said of the disaster which also came in his opening round. “I won the tournament, so it’s an omen.” – Reuters
KEEN EAR: Phil Mickelson, left, listens to his caddie before teeing off at the WGC tournament in Shanghai.