At age 43, with a Claret Jug and three green jackets in his possession, Phil Mickelson could be satisfied.
“I am really excited for two reasons the two areas of my game that I’ve not been as efficient as I would like in the last three or four years have turned into strengths,” Mickelson said. ” One of them is putting. I putted great last year and I had a remarkable turnaround and feel great with the putter.”
“And the other is the driver. As we have done a complete reversal on the direction technologically speaking, it has made a world of difference for me and my game. We’ve talked a little bit about some of the technology, but as the clubheads have gotten bigger, my driving’s gotten worse. Having the center of gravity lower and more forward has allowed me to make the same golf swing as my irons and hit the drives and the shots that I want and that I expect. It’s just made driving a lot easier.
“So with those two weaknesses or areas of my game that I have not been happy with becoming strengths, I’m more excited about this year than any year ever.”
As Mickelson opens his season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines – he’s redesigning the North Course and makes no attempt to hide his dislike of the more famous South Course – he knows the U.S. Open is less than six months away.
“I’m excited that the tournament that I’ve played some of my best golf in is the one that I haven’t won and I feel like it’s just a matter of time,” Mickelson said. “It may be this year at Pinehurst, it may not, but I do believe that will come. It’s a tournament I’ve played too well in over the years not to finally win and I actually believe I’ll win a couple.”