Golf Writer: Phil Was Never In Trouble

Golfweek senior writer David Dusek predicted that Phil Mickelson would win the U.S. Open. Well, Dusek may have been one Open off.

After missing the cut at the U.S. Open, Mickelson dazzled at the British Open on Thursday, shooting a major-tying 63 at Royal Troon. He birdied four holes on the front nine and four holes on the back nine.

It was incredible.

“It was tremendous,” Dusek said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “That was a guy who, to be fair, on a golf course with no wind to speak of in the afternoon was there for the taking. The most impressive part for me was the birdies are great – Phil makes a lot of birdies – but no bogeys. He never was in trouble. He never put himself in a position where all of a sudden a double or triple was going to get thrown up on there. We saw a lot of good players have problems on the 123-yard par-3 (No.) 8. We saw guys going into pot bunkers, we saw guys going into bushes – Mickelson was in control. And when he’s in control and he putts the way that he did – he only needed 26 putts to get himself around – he (made) everything that he looked at, except for the final one for the 62. He was tremendous. He’s 46. You don’t know how many more of these genuinely special rounds Phil Mickelson is going to give us, but today was one that we’re going to remember – and he is certainly going to remember – for a long, long time.”

Mickelson came within one stroke of becoming the first player in 437 major championships to shoot a 62.

“It’s going to happen,” said Dusek, who joined Ferrall mere hours before the second round of the Open. “It’s going to happen one of these days. It’s certainly not going to happen (Friday) at Royal Troon. The weather is supposed to be absolutely crazy. As good as it was (Thursday), it’s every man for himself when the wind and the rain and everything that’s expected to be hitting that golf course (comes), especially in the morning. Mickelson is going to be going out in the early wave and they’re supposed to get the worst of it. So don’t look for any repeat performance of that 63.”

Dusek was right. Mickelson shot a two-under-69 at Royal Troon on Friday and remains atop the leaderboard at 10-under 132. He has a one-shot lead on Henrik Stenson, who shot a six-under 65 and is sitting pretty at 9-under 133 through two rounds.

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