Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Phil at Phoenix - Close but No Cigar for Putting

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Phil Mickelson had a much better performance with his flatstick in Round 4 of the Phoenix Open, but overall his putting held him back. His final round featured 83.33% GIRs and 28 putts (1.667 putts per GIR against the field average 1.797). With the final -4 under 67, Phil climbed from T54 of 78 to T24. His tournament average of 28.5 putts per round, however, was T41 of 78 -- below average for the field. His ballstriking was average at T31.

Phil saved par with 1-putts 10 times and failed to save par with his putter 7 times. He 3-jacked a par 4 he reached in two from 20 feet, leaving the first putt nearly 5' short and then missing that putt. In four rounds he sank only 4 putts over 10' while missing 17 putts in the 11-19' range. In the 5-10' range, he sank 8 and missed 7.

After four events in 2010, Phil ranks 117th in putts per GIR (1.788) and 92nd in total putts (29.31).


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