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Mickelson misses cut again

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Phil Mickelson finally found a way to secure his first under-par score in six total rounds at The Greenbrier Classic.

Still, Mickelson's 2-under 68 on the Old White TPC golf course Friday was not enough as he missed the cut for the third consecutive year at 2-over-par 142.

At the end of the day, the cut was 1-under.

Mickelson said he was disappointed to miss the cut, but explained that he thinks Friday's round shed some light on why he's struggled so much on Old White TPC.

"I think as I look back on these last three years, that's been the biggest issue for me -- distance control with the irons," he said.

Mickelson appeared on his way to a stellar round Friday after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to end his first nine holes at 3-under.

However, he struggled once again on the front nine -- he started the day off the No. 10 tee -- and bogeyed three holes to fall out of contention for the cut. Two of the holes -- Nos. 2 and 6 -- he bogeyed for the second straight day.

"I've paused over a lot of iron shots today and they end up not just a yard or two off from where I figure, but they're 10 or 12 yards off from where I figure," Mickelson said.

Mickelson's struggles at Old White TPC are rare for a guy who has long been considered one of the most consistent scorers on the PGA Tour.

Old White TPC has baffled him, though, as he has averaged 71.67 (par-70) in his six rounds here.

There are only three tournaments on his schedule where he scores worse -- the U.S. Open (71.87 per round average), Players Championship (71.89) and British Open Championship (72.29). Keep in mind that two of those three tournaments are majors (U.S. Open and British Open) that rotate locations and the Players Championship is played at TPC Sawgrass, a par-72 course.

While Mickelson won't be around for the weekend, the duo joining him in the featured trio -- Bubba Watson and Ted Potter Jr., will be around.

Watson had a rather uneventful round en route to his second consecutive round under par. Despite only hitting 11 of 18 greens Friday, Watson carded a 69 with a pair of birdies and one bogey. He's in at 3-under 137 and six shots out of the lead.

His first birdie came on the par-3 15th when he stuck his tee shot within 12-feet on the short side of the green before holing the putt.

He later birdied No. 1 before bogeying the par-3 8th hole for the second straight day.

Overall, Watson seemed disappointed with his inability to his putts after getting to the green.

"To move up the leaderboard, you've got to make putts and I'm just not making putts," he said.

Potter, the defending champion, once again has himself in contention for the title after carding a 66 to move to 5-under for the tournament, four strokes behind leader Matt Every.

His day got off to a less-than-stellar start with a double-bogey on his first hole -- the par-4, 10th. He quickly got back on track with a birdie on No. 11 11 and finished with six birdies for the day.

Out of the marquee threesome, Potter draws the least notoriety on tour, but he showed how well he can perform in the spotlight.

"I felt like I handled it pretty well out there -- especially with some big galleries, which I'm not used to," Potter said.