SAN ANTONIO – Before Jordan Spieth announced he would play the Valero Texas Open, the biggest draw was Phil Mickelson.
Thursday, this big draw gave a very big score.
Between a pair of penalties and a few tough rebounds, Mickelson tied his second-highest score on a PGA Tour hole, finishing with a 10 and ending the day at 79.
The par 5 closing hole at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course has a stream running along the right side of the green and across the fairway. Mickelson, who bombarded a 306-yard disc in a perfect position, attempted to reach the green in half but narrowly missed as his ball bounced into the stream.
And that was just the start.
After taking a penalty, Mickelson’s fourth shot was short and came back into the rough under the green. His fifth failed on the green, as did his sixth. His seventh hit hit the rock face and rolled behind him into danger. Another penalty ensued and Mickelson then ran one to the back of the green.
In typical Phil fashion, he then buried a delicate 15-foot putt to make 10.
Is this something about the pre-Masters Texas tournaments? In November, at the Vivint Houston Open, which was also the week before Augusta, Mickelson’s final round included an 8 on the 9th hole, the highest score he has ever recorded on a par 3.
The most Mickelson’s in Tour play came to Pebble Beach in 2008 when he scored an 11.