Phil Mickelson Offers Up Another Bout of Honesty in 2018

by Maura Hutchinson

If there is one thing you can be certain of on the PGA Tour it’s that Phil Mickelson will always let you know what he really thinks.  His streak of letting it all hang out isn’t over yet, with the Callaway Golf player telling reporters in Napa last week exactly what he thought of the Ryder Cup course in Paris.

“I’m 48, I’m not going to play tournaments with rough like that anymore. It’s a waste of my time,” Mickelson said on Thursday at the Safeway Open. Adding, “I’m going to play courses that are playable, and I can play aggressive, attacking, make lots of birdies type of golf I like to play.”

But Lefty wasn’t done with his critique just yet…

“The fairways [at Le Golf National] were 14 to 16 yards wide. The fact is they had brutal rough, almost unplayable and that’s not the was I play. I don’t play like that.”

Mickelson also admitted this past weekend that fatigue is beginning to set in and that he will be playing a revised and shortened schedule in the coming year.

“I love what I do, but now, as opposed to playing the tournaments you’re expected to play in or whatever, I’m going to play in the that I like, that are best for me, even if it doesn’t make sense or people have a problem with it” said Mickelson after carding a 69 at Silverado last Friday.

“I’m going to have to start limiting the number of tournaments that I play so that I can play those at a higher level, because I’m getting a little bit more mental fatigue and not able to focus and see the shot as clearly as I’d like for so many weeks in a row,” the five-time major champion explained.

Adding, “I’ve learned from this. At 48, it’s not a smart thing to do. I won’t do it anymore. I won’t do it again, playing this much golf. I’ll pace myself much more.”

We might have to disagree with Lefty’s assessment of his mental sharpness and focus after seeing this video from the Ryder Cup after party…