Phil rues ‘horrific’ putting

Phil Mickelson endured a forgettable weekend at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as he finished a distant 19th.

While Jimmy Walker won the title thanks to an 11-under par total of 276, Mickelson carded a final round of two-over-par 74 to end the tournament at three under – eight shots behind the winner.

What’s even worse for the five-time winner in California is the fact that he was all over the show when it came to putting as he was ranked 68th.

“This is the worst putting week I’ve had in a year and a half,” the American told reporters after the tournament. “It was a horrific performance on the greens.”

After playing in four consecutive tournaments, Mickelson and his putter will now take a well deserved two-week break before returning for the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida from February 27.

“The parts are all there, but I haven’t quite put them all together in one week,” he said.

“Starting when the Tour goes to Florida, that’s really the run to Augusta in my mind. It’s nice to know heading into that stretch that the parts are there. I just have to put them all together.”