PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Apparently the diet and exotic merger for Phil Mickelson did not work on Thursday struggling with 5-over 76 in the first round of the British Opening at Royal Portrush.
Mickelson showed that, before the competition began, he lost more than 15 pounds in a fast six-day run and reversed to Hawaii with his family last month.
He said he was “not happy with the way I had been in the last couple of months,“ a span that included six lost cuts, including all of his final two competitions – the Traveler Championship and the Open Open 3M. .
Mickelson finished the 18th at the Masters, 71th in the PGA Championship at the Black Bethpage and 52 at the US Open. Now he will be in a war to make the end and play weekends at Portrush.
Mickelson, who refused interview requests after his round, did not get anything Thursday, while shooting 38 on the front and back nine and only two birds to post for the day.
“I wasn't just my physical, mental health, so I'm trying to control the things I can control, which is getting better physically, let me heal myself, give me time to reset myself and discharge, ”said Mickelson Tuesday to chic health recently. “I don't know if it's going to help my golf or not, but I'm better. That's what I can really control now. ''
He said in advance of the competition that he had no expectations that he would play well this week, he intended to seize the golf.
“When I'm not playing well, I don't feel good about myself,” he said, adding that his diet has helped him feel “much quieter, less relaxed (and that ) is more anxiety (and) less anxiety. ';
Days like Thursday are certainly a challenge.
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