by Jeff Skinner
The Golf Gods give and the Golf Gods take. Unfortunately for us, the Gods were in a taking mood this week when it came to Phil Mickelson. Philly Mick missed the cut at The Barclays after two mediocre wounds of 72 and 74. It wasn’t pretty for Phil as he couldn’t hit a fairway (8/14) or a green (9/18). His short stick was miserable also as he averaged 31 putts per round over his two rounds.
This is Phil’s first missed cut of the season and it comes at an inopportune time. This time of year players should be hitting their stride, not searching for their swing as the tour counts down to the Tour Championship. Phil made the cut in all four Playoff tournaments last year culminating with his win at The Tour Championship. He’ll need to turn it around in a hurry if he wants to earn his first FedEx Cup Championship.
Phil also lost another chance at taking over the top spot in the World Rankings. This is the ninth consecutive week that Mickelson had a chance at supplanting Tiger Woods as the world’s top golfer. The good news is that Phil is in no danger of missing any of the playoff events. He’ll still be somewhere near tenth in FedEx Cup points and will probably qualify for the Tour Championship even if he skips The Deutsche Bank. He just has to find his game and soon if he wants another win this year.