Friday, April 08, 2011

Waiting On Mickelson

   The second day at the Masters has arrived at lunch time and Phil Mickelson has not yet arrived on the leader board.

   The defending champion, pre-tournament favorite and most popular player in the game is keeping it interesting but not making too much progress toward the front. Through seven holes in the second round, Lefty has made two pars, two birdies and three bogeys. He's 1-under par and seven behind K.J. Choi at the moment.

   He can't get any momentum going. It doesn't help that he's driving it sideways as evidenced by the four fairways he hit Thursday, the fewest in the field. But nothing's happening. And that happens.

   There was a flicker this morning when Phil birdied the second hole then he gave it back at the short par-4 third when he spun his wedge shot off the green and down a slope, the cardinal sin on that hole. He pitched 12 feet past the hole and missed the par putt.

   Then he bogeyed the fifth and sixth holes before making a birdie at No. 7. The good news for Mickelson is no one is moving too far away from him. But he's not making up much ground either.