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Phil Mickelson misses cut in San Diego after 2nd-round 72, blames poor putting

SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson won’t be playing over the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open after missing the cut with a second-round 72 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. 

Though the Hall of Famer and San Diego native hit the ball well through the fairway, he struggled on the greens and attributed his deficiencies around the hole to be his ultimate demise.

“I feel like I’m hitting the ball tee to green quite well, really well,” he said after Friday’s round. “But my putting is beyond pathetic and if I can’t get back to the levels of 2013, I’m not sure what I’m going to do, because this is very frustrating.”

Mickelson struggled in Round 1 with a 2-over 74 on the difficult South Course, and expected to bounce back on the easier North. Instead, he found it hard to get the ball in the hole and collected three bogeys, one of which came on the par-5 14th. 

Still, it was his putter that plagued him. The worst part was that he couldn’t pinpoint whether it was a physical or mental breakdown. 

“It’s probably a little bit of both,” he said. “It’s probably a little bit of fundamentals are off and then it creeps into confidence.”

Despite watching his hometown event from home this weekend, Mickelson had nothing but praise for the event that he’s grown to love no matter how poorly he finishes. 

“I love the golf course,” he said. “In the sense that I grew up here and every time I come out here, it brings back great memories of me walking outside the ropes with my dad and playing high school matches and all the memories that have been formed for me over the years of playing here.

But since it’s been redone (in 2002), I played it terribly and it’s been a challenge for me to get in contention here.” 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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