News & ToursJuly 10, 2015

Phil hasn't been focusing on his putter and now he will

GULLANE, Scotland -- After posting a second round 68 in the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson revealed that he's been so caught up in improving his ball striking that he hasn't worked on his putting. At all.

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"I feel like I've kind of made a turn here in the last few weeks with my ball-striking, been very pleased with it," the 2013 winner of this event said after his second round at Gullane Golf Club. "Now I've got to focus in on the putter. I haven't gotten the ball started online very well certainly these couple of days and probably the last month or so. That's a much easier fix than the golf swing."

That Mickelson is playing the weekend shocked even the 45-year-old.

"For me to make the cut the way I putted the first two days is surprising," he said. "I will sit down on a few putting tracks and devices and see if I can get that ironed out for this weekend and for next week."

Mickelson signed autographs for twenty minutes after his round and then headed off to his North Berwick accommodations to iron out the short stick issues.

"I will sit down on a few putting tracks and devices and see if I can get that ironed out for this weekend and for next week."

Speaking of The Open Championship next week, Mickelson is an appetizing 33-1 at most of the major betting shops, a surprisingly high number for someone only two years removed from winning and having finished runner-up in two of his last three majors. Now he must get his putting fixed in time, but two more rounds at Gullane may do the trick. If nothing else, Mickelson is glad to be back on something other than the surfaces at Chambers Bay.

"It's nice to putt on greens that actually have grass on them."

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