Mickelson Watch

Phil Mickelson continues to play the kind of smart golf that makes him one of the favorites for this week’s U.S. Open. Bet you never thought you would see Phil in 32nd place in driving distance as he was at last week’s Buick Classic but it shows how far he is willing to go to have the kind of control he needs to win more Majors. Keep your eye on Rory Sabbatini at Shinnecock. Rory was seventh in number of birdies at the Buick but he tied for first because his Gross Positive Score (GPS) was only +6 (4 bogeys and 1 double bogey). As the Colonel has pointed out before, the GPS is the most important (and least known) statistic week after week in determining who wins on the PGA Tour. Even for Tiger. At the Buick Invitational earlier this year Tiger tied for first in the Gross Negative Score (GNS) category with a -21 but he finished tenth in the tournament because of his +13 GPS. As Golfweek pointed out in its current issue, “Tiger Woods and Mickelson seemingly have switched styles…”

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