Barring a sudden change in form, Phil Mickelson is about to complete his first winless season on the PGA Tour since 2003.
Mickelson has been on Tour for 22 full seasons and this will be just his third without a victory. Is he concerned that the streak is on the verge of ending?
“Not really,” he said Thursday afternoon.
Like everyone else, Mickelson has spent this season waiting for his form to change. He’s had flickers – a final-round 76 derailed his chance to win the Wells Fargo Championship and he was second by a stroke in the PGA Championship – but the flame hasn’t caught.
A first-round 70 at the BMW Championship has him within three of the lead but Mickelson admits he’s ready for a break. At 56th in the FedEx Cup points race, don’t count on Mickelson making it to the Tour Championship at East Lake next week.
The Ryder Cup is a different animal. Mickelson will be engaged, especially if he teams with Keegan Bradley as expected. He knows he’s a team leader and that will inspire him.
At age 44, Mickelson’s playing career is in transition. It’s not sunset, but it may be late afternoon.