Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mickelson Goes The Wrong Way

   Observations as we head into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship:

  -- I keep believing Phil Mickelson will win this tournament one day but it's not going to happen this year. Mickelson played himself out of the tournament Saturday afternoon by shooting 74, depositing two more golf balls into water hazards around Quail Hollow. That's five water balls this week if you're keeping score at home.

    As sharp as Mickelson looked Friday, he was that ragged Saturday. It happens but I didn't expect to see it happen Saturday. Maybe he can shoot 62 in the final round the way Rory McIlroy did last year but even that may not be enough.

  -- Neither Stewart Cink nor Lucas Glover has won a tournament since they won their respective majors in 2009, Glover at the U.S. Open and Cink at the British Open. Both have a chance to snap their streaks today.

    --  The soft conditions have led to lower than normal scoring but things get different on Sunday afternoon. Still, with as many players as are gathered in striking distance, it's going to take a really low round from the winner. Both are emerging on the bright side of swing changes.

  -- The gallery at Quail Hollow Saturday seemed as large as I've ever seen at the tournament and why not. With ideal temperatures, a little breeze and a good tournament, it was a perfect day to be at Quail Hollow. Tournament officials expect the attendance to decline a bit on Sunday, understanding it's Mother's Day.