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Phil Mickelson is Confident that Things Will Turn Around

Poll Results: Can Phil Mickelson turn his struggles around?

 
  • 95% (23)
    Yes
  • 4% (1)
    No
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 20
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Phil Mickelson has struggled since winning the 2013 Open Championship, but believes he will turn it around, Golf Channel reports.

 

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Mickelson has just one top-10 worldwide since last September (a span of 20 starts), though he’s shown signs of progress recently, with two T-11 finishes in his last three starts, including last week at the Scottish Open. But not even the ever-optimistic left-hander could put a positive spin on this campaign.

“It obviously hasn’t been a good year,” he said.


“Normally I would be discouraged or frustrated, but I’m just not,” he said. “I feel like I’ve had some good breakthroughs in some areas. I haven’t had the results; I know I haven’t played well. But the parts feel a lot better than the whole right now.”

He doesn’t know when it will come together – it could be this week, this month, this year – but “it should be soon.”

Mickelson, who turned 44 last month, continues to take the long view. He says that he believes that the next few years will be some of his best. He says that memories of the Open “almost motivate me to work harder and play more, practice even more, because I know there’s a finite amount of time (remaining).”

 

http://www.golfchannel.com/news/ryan-lavner/mickelson-optimistic-despite-post-open-struggles/

 

What's your take on Phil?

post #2 of 20

As with all great players, he will identify what is causing the struggle and correct it.  Whether he will win again really depends on his other competitors.

post #3 of 20
Will he win again? Of course. But even more so than Tiger, time isn't on his side. He's 44 and the one thing he wants more than anything, that US Open to complete the slam, is going to get tougher every year....
post #4 of 20
Phil will win again but not sure he'll get another major unless he can pick off another Masters with a bit of luck in the next couple of years. I think his window is closing rapidly.
post #5 of 20

Phil will win again and I believe he has another major win in him.  He is 44 but can still crush the ball and be a wizard around the greens.

post #6 of 20

Even though he is on the wrong side of the ball (left) and father time ... I believe he will win again ... hey its Phil we are talking about here ... and it will be like some of his shots ... "how the hell did he pull that one off?"  kind of win ... :) 

 

At least that is the way I hope it turns out ... 

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

Will he win again? Of course. But even more so than Tiger, time isn't on his side. He's 44 and the one thing he wants more than anything, that US Open to complete the slam, is going to get tougher every year....
It's like he's snakebit, really. I can't think of a good reason he has so many runner up finishes with no victory.

But yea, I'm confident he will win again.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

Will he win again? Of course. But even more so than Tiger, time isn't on his side. He's 44 and the one thing he wants more than anything, that US Open to complete the slam, is going to get tougher every year....

 

I can't add much to this. As he said, he is doing a lot of things well, and I think if he just continues to work and "wait 'em oout" as Shivas said, he will win again, possibly even another major. He has the long fluid swing that ages well like Snead, Nicklaus, and Watson. But as David said, time is not on his side.

post #9 of 20

Vijay Singh was winning well into his 40's. But at age 46 or so, injuries hit him.

 

I think we can agree that Phil has more talent than Vijay, and if Phil avoids injury (and the arthritis does not inhibit) and maintains a high dedication to the game, he has a high probability of contending in Majors, and winning.

 

And we'd expect that Phil, having a positive public persona, would remain positive. How can one win if they think winning is over? Stick with that positive public persona, Phil. Winning.

post #10 of 20

I don't think Phil will return to form. But that is relative as he was playing at such a high level and I don't believe he will be that force again. The main focus of his career at this point is to add the US Open to his trophy case and I think he'll contend there a few more times, much like Arnold Palmer did at  similar ages from 1972 thru 1975.

post #11 of 20

We haven't seen the last of Phil the Thrill.

post #12 of 20

One thing that I have learned over time is that every time I doubt and rule Phil out, he does something incredible and he's in the conversation of contention. I will never bet against him and I do think he has a lot left in his tank. It wouldn't surprise me at all for him to be in the top 5 this weekend. In fact, I kind of expect it.

post #13 of 20

I question Phil's permanent optimism as much as anyone but he'll make a run at another major or two before his window closes. It's hard to imagine him not coming close at Augusta again, and after that I think the British is his best bet at winning another. Unfortunately, I think his window at the US Open has pretty much closed.

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by skydog View Post

I question Phil's permanent optimism as much as anyone but he'll make a run at another major or two before his window closes. It's hard to imagine him not coming close at Augusta again, and after that I think the British is his best bet at winning another. Unfortunately, I think his window at the US Open has pretty much closed.
Really? I always felt the British Open was the major he was weakest at. I was surprised he won last year. I honestly think he will win the US Open before he wins another British Open.
post #15 of 20
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Really? I always felt the British Open was the major he was weakest at. I was surprised he won last year. I honestly think he will win the US Open before he wins another British Open.

 

I was the same way...until last year. And now Phil says it's his 'best' shot at winning another. Like Watson in 2009, links golf can really be played at a high level later in life because it's more about touch, feel, and knowledge, more so than physical domination. Now Phil is no Tom Watson on the Links, but I do think things have finally clicked for him over there and he'll continue to play well in Opens for years to come. Looking at the future US Open venues, I just can't see Phil getting it done on any of them.

post #16 of 20

We are only a year removed from his very successful last year. Lets remember, he ALMOST won the US Open and the Open last year. He basically gave it to Justin.

 

Nobody has to worry, Phil will win the US Open within 2 years!!!

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by billchao View Post


Really? I always felt the British Open was the major he was weakest at. I was surprised he won last year. I honestly think he will win the US Open before he wins another British Open.

 

I think he was "surprised" as well, just going by his record and some of the comments he made last year. 

 

Great players are confident, guys like Phil and Tiger are always going to feel like they have a chance to win when they tee it up.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

I think he was "surprised" as well, just going by his record and some of the comments he made last year. 

"Phil Mickelson, Champion Golfer of the World" still sounds weird. I never thought he'd get close to winning one.
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