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QUICK TAKE: Austin Winds Suit Mickelson Fine

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson is off to a 2-0-0 start at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Photo Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Think you’ve heard it all about Phil Mickelson?

Think you know the game and know the stories and have a better sense of the guy after that two-part “Feherty” session?


Well, here’s a new one:

Mickelson loves to play golf in bad weather. At least he says he does and it has already come in handy at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club where the wind came whistling on Thursday and the threat of big storms hangs over the final day of round-robin play Friday.

Mickelson is one of a handful of players who are 2-0 through two days of round-robin play and a victory Friday over J.B. Holmes will send him into the round of 16 on Saturday.

In the first two days, Mickelson has dispatched Si Woo Kim, 5 and 3, and Daniel Berger, 5 and 4.

“The weather should come in (Friday). I’m really looking forward to that,” Mickelson said.

“I think it’s fun. When I first started playing on Tour, I was terrible in wind and terrible in bad weather. Over time, I’ve developed some techniques and ways to play the tough stuff effectively. If it comes in (Friday), I’m going to have a blast doing it.”

With wind gusts up to 30 mph Thursday, strange things kept happening.

Mickelson was 2 up after two against Berger because his opponent twice caught big downwind gusts that rocketed his approach shots over the first two greens. From there, Mickelson was in control.

Things became so difficult in the wind on the back nine that Mickelson made two 6s coming in – and did not lose either hole.

“In match play, you are not adding up every shot and if you happen to hit a bad one and make a bogey or a double, it’s not that big a deal,” Mickelson said.

“I’m having fun.”

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