This past Sunday, the golf world watched as Phil Mickelson dominated at Pebble Beach. The weather on Sunday? Not the best for golfers. And despite that and the pressure, Mickelson came out ahead with an 8-under 64 and bogey-free performance. He claimed his 40th career win (which makes him 9th for all-time in PGA tour wins)! How did he do it? Mickelson tells us himself. When commenting on his phenomenal putting during the tournament, he explained that it was “because I didn’t have any mechanical thoughts, because I had confidence in my ability to roll it, I believed I was going to make these.” And that’s why I say that Phil Mickelson wins Pebble Beach using mental golf.
It’s true that Mickelson made a general comment that he’s been “a little bit lazy mentally” recently. He mentioned that he’s been making a “real effort” to stay focused on each shot and “not let [his] mind slip or wander”. But when he got serious and rid his mind of any mechanical thoughts, he played his best. Brian Wacker, PGAtour.com producer, writes more on Mickelson’s win:
This one was about the way Mickelson did it, though: three birdies and an eagle in his first five holes to race to the front of the pack after starting the day six back. He left Woods in his dust — and everyone else, too, thanks to a suddenly hot putter. In Saturday’s third round, it was about the all-weather gloves in a heavy mist that blanketed Pebble Beach. On Sunday it was about the flat stick with just 26 putts, his fewest all week. “My putter just feels really good,” he said. “All mechanics are out the window. I feel like it’s where I’ve wanted fundamentally and mechanically to be to the point where I don’t worry about the stroke and have not now for the last six weeks.
“I still miss putts, but from the last couple of years where I was making hardly any, now I feel like I’m making a bunch.” None were bigger than the 21-footer for eagle he made on the par-5 sixth, and the 30-footer to save par on the par-3 12th. “Because I didn’t have any mechanical thoughts, because I had confidence in my ability to roll it, I believed I was going to make these,” Mickelson said.
Had Mickelson stayed unfocused and mentally lazy he would’ve been watching Woods in the limelight. It was solely due to his ability to play on autopilot and stay confident that allowed him to get his 40th PGA tour win. Yes, it’s true: Phil Mickelson wins Pebble Beach using mental golf.
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