Scandal questions linger as Mickelson misses minimize

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Phil Mickelson described it as an “attention-grabbing week,” one which ended sooner than he had hoped Friday night with a missed minimize on the Gamers Championship and included him answering questions on a university admissions bribery scandal.

Mickelson stated Thursday that neither he nor has household made any illicit contributions to a nonprofit firm that has come beneath scrutiny for accepting bribes from rich households in trade for favorable therapy with school purposes. Mickelson stated he used the corporate for tutoring functions for his three kids.

All of that got here within the midst of an odd time for the World Golf Corridor of Famer, who final month received the AT&T Pebble Seaside Nationwide Professional-Am for his 44th PGA Tour title however has since had lackluster ends in 4 tournaments, together with consecutive missed cuts on the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Gamers Championship.

Rory McIlroy completed eagle-birdie-par down the famed closing stretch at TPC Sawgrass for a 7-under 65 to tie Tommy Fleetwood for the lead going into the weekend on the Gamers Championship.

Tiger Woods did one thing he had by no means accomplished earlier than in his profession by hitting two balls into the water at TPC Sawgrass’ well-known No. 17 island inexperienced.

Jordan Spieth missed the minimize for the third time in his previous eight PGA Tour occasions on Friday, however he stated he looks like his sport is coming round.

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After lacking the minimize in Orlando, Florida, per week in the past, Mickelson wouldn’t even decide to enjoying the PGA Tour’s signature occasion earlier than seeing the TPC Stadium course earlier this week to gauge the tough.

“I do not know what it’s about this golf course,” Mickelson stated after capturing 74 to overlook the minimize by 5 photographs. “It is pristine form, it is a great setup, it is terrific, and I simply do not play effectively. I do not know what to say.”

Mickelson, 48, stated he’ll take the following week to determine what he desires to do subsequent. He’ll play both the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play or the Valero Texas Open previous to the Masters, and appeared to be leaning towards the World Golf Championship occasion.

“I missed two cuts in a row in order that’s not very encouraging,” he stated. “However I’ve bought subsequent week off. I will go residence, get somewhat relaxation and work a number of issues out. However for me the most important factor has been placing, I simply have not been placing anyplace close to like I did final 12 months and I simply bought to get that again. If I do I will be in fine condition and I bought loads of time to show it round.

“I do not really feel prefer it’s far off. I truly felt like I hit loads of good photographs this week, however I am having some bother with the putter and I will should work that out.”

As for the tutorial scandal, Mickelson stated: “You already know, I am used to taking hits, but it surely hurts when you’ve gotten your children being questioned over doing nothing however working onerous and finding out onerous, so, however we’ll be OK.”

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