Mickelson: Nightmare run a blessing
Last updated: 7th November 2012
Phil Mickelson believes his poor run of form earlier this year "is turning out to be one of the best things" in his career.
After winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February, things went downhill for the American as he struggled at the US Open and then missed consecutive cuts at the Greenbrier Classic and Open Championship.
However, he seems to have found his magic touch again in recent months as was in excellent form at the FedEx Cup play-offs and at the Ryder Cup, while he just missed out on glory at the WGC-HSBC Champions event last week.
The 42-year-old American believes his dip in form has helped him to improve.
"I've had really tough three or four months when I played some of my worst golf in my career - it's turning out to be one of the best things that has happened for me because it forced me to analyse my game and dissect it and put each part back," Mickelson said.
"I had to start with my iron and get that to where I was hitting the ball with the right distance, trajectory and spin rate. And then I had to move on to my chipping, putting, fairway woods and to my driver.
"I've had to piece my game back and now since the PGA, I've played better golf every single week.
"I've played some of my best golf at the Ryder Cup, I played very well at the HSBC Champions, and I'm excited about next year. That three or four months downtime has forced me to piece my game back to where I think I'm better now that I think it has been in a long time."
The HSBC Champions event was recently upgraded to become an official part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup schedule and Mickelson hopes to see more Asian tournaments on the calendar in the near future.
He added: "I've been playing here (Singapore) for the past six years now and I plan to continue to play and having a presence in some of the top Asian tournaments."
"It's great that tournaments in Asia are part of the FedEx Cup... I'm hopeful that at some point, the US Tour can maybe have three or five events over here."
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