‘He’s a Little Frustrated’: Phil Mickelson’s Dreaded Form Gets Shoved Aside by Coach, Lefty Still Has ‘Lot Left in the Tank’

Published 02/10/2024, 7:50 PM EST

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Phil Mickelson might be going through a slump, but he will bounce back, believes his swing coach. The Lefty has not been able to replicate his PGA Tour success at LIV Golf. Individually and collectively, Mickelson and his team HyFlyers GC have struggled to make an impact. The Lefty was left biting the dust after making five bogeys in the final round at LIV Golf Las Vegas, finishing at T31. 

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But his instructor is confident that the oldest major winner is heading in the right direction to make a turnaround. Andrew Getson, Mickelson’s swing coach, spoke to former PGA Tour Pro and LIV Golf commentator, Jerry Foltz after Las Vegas, stressing that his client is working harder than anybody. 

Phil Mickelson is working harder than ever

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Phil Mickelson has a lot of fuel left in him, claimed his swing coach. To answer Foltz’s question of what he thinks Mickelson can achieve at this age, Getson appears confident that the Lefty can still stir up a storm in big events. “He has a lot left in [him]. He is the most driven human I’ve ever met.”’

Getson added that Mickelson is working harder to come back to his best form. The form that saw him become the oldest Major winner in the 2021 PGA Championship. The Lefty also came close to winning another Green jacket last year. At 53, Mickelson finished tied for the second spot along with his LIV colleague, Brooks Koepka. “He works harder than anybody I’ve ever seen. Right now he is extremely well.

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Vegas saw some improvement, but the six-time Major winner still failed to come within the top 30. But Getson believes, “Right now he is playing extremely well. We talked about attitude all week. The score wasn’t there. But he is heading in the right direction.” So far, that has yet to reflect on LIV Golf. “He’s a little frustrated,” contends Getson. 

Last year, the Lefty had only one top-ten finish from his 13 outings. On the season-long individual leaderboard, Mickelson was 39th. The 53-year-old started this season at Mayakoba with a T51 in the 54-man field at 11-over par. Despite his lackluster form, Mickelson made headlines for an outlandish record he claims to have under his belt.

Mickelson made a staggering number of aces

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Phil Mickelson apparently has made more than double aces than Tiger Woods. The 15-time Major Champion has 20 aces to his name. Mickelson, on the other hand, claimed to have nailed 47 holes in one, two more than his silverware tally on the PGA Tour. Interestingly, only five of his close to 50 birdies came on the Tour. The rest have come in college tournaments and junior events. 

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Mickelson, in recent years, has been more busy with off-court duties. One of the early converts, Mickelson, joined the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf in early 2022 for a reported fee of $200 million. Earlier in a podcast, the 45-time PGA Tour winner said that now that some of his duties have been taken off his shoulders thanks to the June 6 merger agreement coming into place, he will focus more on his game.

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