Monday, February 13, 2012

Phil Mickelson: From pathetic to phenomenal

With his flawless final round 64 Sunday to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson showed how fast things can change in the life of a professional golfer.

Just a few weeks ago, Mickelson was playing extremely inconsistent, missed a cut, called his own play pathetic, and admittedly questioned whether or not he was working on the proper things. He complained that he was unable to stayed focused throughout his rounds. 

On Sunday, paired with Tiger Woods, Mickelson played one of the best rounds of his life. He made six birdies as well as an eagle, and drained two long putts to save par when he found trouble. He admitted afterword that playing with Woods amps him up and heightens his focus to the highest levels.

Mickelson is a Hall of Fame golfer with 40 PGA wins and four majors, is the second best golfer of his generation, and is one of the best golfers of all time. It actually shouldn't be that big of a surprise that he shot a 64 in the final round in a tournament he had already won three times previously. However, with the way he started this season, his quick turnaround was unexpected.

Lefty has a lot going for him right now. He has started working with a sports psychologist to help him improve his focus on the course. The work he's been doing with Butch Harmon obviously has kicked in with his full swing. He's back to a traditional putting style that worked extremely well this past weekend and his confidence has to be sky high after sticking it to his nemesis at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson's win Sunday proved how fast things can change in the golf world with one great round or one great tournament. In just the span of a month, he's gone from calling his own game pathetic to reaching the top of the golf world with a phenomenal win.

With the Masters less than two months away, Mickelson certainly has his eyes on attaining his fourth green jacket.