“I drive the ball very well. I hit the ball great and I set it terribly. I’ve played well this year and if I fix that for the weekend I’ll make it.” enema ”
By Keith Jackson
Last update: 11/13/20 9:40 PM
Phil Mickelson said he “rode like a stallion” but his “pathetic” putting hampered his challenge for a fourth Masters victory.
Mickelson is one of several veterans in the top half of the rankings, including record-breaking two-time champion Bernhard Langer, who at 63 was the oldest player in Masters history to make half the cut.
Three-time winner Mickelson, 13 years younger than Langer, was delighted with both his stroke and distance as he completed 36 holes in five under par, after opening a 69 with two under 70, which he should have thought was much better .
“I hit the ball exceptionally and I bet terribly,” said the left-hander. “And if I fix that this weekend, I’ll take a run.
“I drive like a stallion, drive it over the trees to the ground at nine, hit wedge on 17, wedge on 14. Five irons on both days per second. I mean, I drive the ball very well. I hit the ball great and I’m betting terrible, I’ve played well this year and if I fix that for the weekend I’ll go for a run.
“I’m very frustrated and disappointed with the way I putted. I took eight, nine, ten shots on the greens and it’s pathetic and I’ll fix that and hopefully get a run. She I can Don’t make these mistakes, give up those shots in this area, in this competition.
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“But we still have 36 holes and I’m playing well enough. I hit it well enough to hold onto, although I’ll probably be the last one on the field putting. But I’ll fix that for Saturday’s round.” “”
Langer, meanwhile, vowed to treat himself to a ceremonial shandy after being told that he had made history. Laps 68 and 73 left him three under the last 36 holes – the same score as Rory McIlroy.
“Well, that’s not easy,” said the German. “There have been so many great players here before me, from Jack Nicklaus to Gary Player and all the greats who have competed here. It is certainly a success to be the oldest to make the cut. Hopefully I can still do one few more play. ” Years and enjoy this place. “
The 1985 and 1993 champ hasn’t made the cut in six of the last eight years at Augusta National but asked if he felt younger when he entered the tournament and played well. He insisted it was just the opposite.
“No, I feel older when I play with these young people, and I see how far they hit it and how short I hit it. I feel older, not younger,” Langer said.
“I like this golf course. I think I know how to get around it, even though I’ve hit clubs for a very long time. But it’s certainly not easy. It’s a long hitter course, it has always been like that. I mean “Why did Jack win six times and Tiger five times? Because they were the longest players of their time. That’s why this place always cared. Let’s put it that way.”