England's Tyrrell Hatton is now up to 17th in the world after going back-to-back, again beating a fast-finishing Ross Fisher.
Mickelson battling to make Presidents Cup
In just over a months’ time will be the Presidents Cup, and Phil Mickelson is desperate to be part of that field.
While there is still plenty of time left for Mickelson to make the cut, he will have to work hard between now and then if he wants to finish in the top 10 of the Presidents Cup standings.
“I want to make that team,” Mickelson admitted via golfchannel.com. “It’s more than a streak as much as it is I just love those events. I love those weeks, I love the time with the guys and I just really cherish those memories.”
So far, Mickelson has played in every single USA Presidents Cup team since the 1993 Ryder Cup. However, with Lefty sitting 27th in the World Rankings, he’s currently on the outside looking in as automatic qualifying remains some distance away.
American captain Steve Stricker would seen any reason to select Mickelson with one of his captain's picks, but Lefty has just one top-10 finish since March. It’s not pretty reading.
“I said: ‘Just give me some good reasons to pick you if you don’t finish in the top 10.’ And he told me flat out he’s going to make his way inside the top 10,” Stricker said. “He feels like he’s playing that well, he just needs to score a little bit better and see some putts go in. But he’s not worried about sneaking his way into the top 10, so you like to hear that as a captain.”
Mickelson is a great addition to the USA team, especially when it comes to growing the confidence of younger players. He was influential in giving Rickie Fowler a boost of confidence several years back, and now the two always partner each other on the Presidents Cup field.
It would be quite a shock if Stricker didn't use a captain's pick on Mickelson if the veteran fails to qualify on his own, but this golf; stranger things have happened.