Phil Mickelson is usually a beast on the golf course. He is steady, focused, and a fierce competitor! So what is wrong with Mickelson in 2014? Is he sick? Are there outside influences affecting his mental game? Is he getting old? Is he trying too hard? Does anyone have the answer?
Currently, Mickelson is struggling to make the cut at the Valero Texas Open, he only has 4 top 25 finishes in 25 events and his stats do not have him leading in any category. He has had sparks of greatness, but nothing consistent. With approach shots like below, he may be starting to turn things around just in time for the Masters!
Phil Mickelson is an enigma. His style of play is loved and hated by the golfing pundits. As a younger player he was fearless. Unfortunately, some of his devil-may-care attitude cost him tournaments. As he matured and learned from some mistakes; Mickelson understood the importance of picking the moments to press a situation, but never to shied away from the tough shots – as seen by his shot in 2010 Masters from behind the tree. It truly was legendary!
So what is wrong with Phil Mickelson in 2014? The short answer is nothing! He has had a tough start this season; he is not playing to his potential, but in all fairness he has not placed the same emphasis on the PGA Tour’s Western Swing as in year’s past. He adopted new strategy to focus on the Majors and many experts are questioning his decision; however, only success in the Majors will be the true test of his 2014 strategy.
In years past Mickelson played around 20 events a year. Likely, he will play around the same amount this year. As a golfing pundit, I predict he will win two events this year: the US Open and one other. Additionally, much to the disagreement of my European friends the US will win the Ryder Cup at GLENEAGLES, Scotland, on 23-28 September 2014.
2014 will be a banner year for Phil Mickelson. It may not seem that way right now, but just wait, the season is just starting. What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!