2017 Masters

5. Phil Mickelson is not U.S. Open ready

While¬†Mickelson had his moments, the big lefty was not much of a factor at the 2017 Masters. That, in and of itself, doesn’t mean much as it relates to Mickelson’s U.S. Open chances in June.

But it’s hard to not be alarmed when looking at why he struggled.

Mickelson’s drives were erratic. Hitting fairways is a key to success at any tournament. But Augusta is one of the more forgiving major venues. Erin Hills is a largely unknown venue but if it’s anything like normal U.S. Open sites, it will severely punish errant drives.

Additionally, Mickelson’s short game was surprisingly bland at Augusta. Lefty is not only one of the best wedge players in golf history, but he knows the venue incredibly well. If his short game couldn’t bail him out at Augusta, how can we expect it to be there at a venue that he doesn’t know?

The good news for Mickelson is that the U.S. Open is two months away. The bad news? If he has any realistic hopes of wrapping up the career grand slam, his game needs a significant upgrade.

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Michael Dixon
Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.