Short game work

CHASKA, Minn. – It took Phil Mickelson 25 minutes to leave the scoring trailer and after just five minutes with the waiting media, Lefty was off to the putting green to work on the part of his game that deserted him on Thursday.

Under the watchful eye of caddie Jim Mackay Mickelson started with 5-footers and progressed to 10- and 20-footers. Unfortunately for Mickelson, he was making only about 20 percent from the short distance, but making a higher percentage from longer distances.

Mickelson averaged 2 putts per round on Thursday, ranking him 140th in a field of 156 that includes 20 club pros.

For the record, Mickelson is 13th in putting average on the PGA Tour at 1.734 in 2009.

After about 15 minutes of putting, short game guru Dave Pelz showed up with the sun falling in the sky. Pelz taked to Mackay, as Mickelson kept putting.

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