PORTRUSH, Northern Eire — Apparently, neither the diet nor the unique espresso mix labored for Phil Mickelson on Thursday as he struggled to a disappointing 5-over 76 within the first spherical of the British Open at Royal Portrush.
Mickelson, earlier than the event started, revealed that he’d misplaced greater than 15 kilos throughout a six-day quick whereas on a retreat to Hawaii together with his household final month.
He mentioned he was “simply not pleased with the best way I’ve been the previous couple of months,’’ a span that included six missed cuts, together with every of his final two tournaments — the Vacationers Championship and the 3M Open.
Mickelson completed 18th on the Masters, 71st within the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black and 52nd on the U.S. Open. Now he’ll be in a battle to merely make the reduce and play the weekend at Portrush.
Mickelson, who declined interview requests after his spherical, by no means received something going Thursday, taking pictures 38 on each the back and front 9 and posting solely two birdies for the day.
“I simply haven’t been at my finest mentally, bodily, so I’m making an attempt to manage the issues I can management, which is get bodily higher, let myself heal, give myself time to reset and recharge,’’ Mickelson mentioned Tuesday of his latest well being kick. “I don’t know if it’s going to assist my golf or not, however I really feel higher. That’s all I can actually management proper now.’’
He mentioned earlier than the event that he didn’t have any expectations that he would play properly this week, that he deliberate to only attempt to benefit from the golf.
“Once I don’t play properly, I don’t be ok with myself,’’ he mentioned, including that his diet has helped him really feel “a lot calmer, much less agitated [and have] higher shallowness [and] much less anxiousness.’’
Days like Thursday certainly problem that.