For Mickelson's putting pleasure

ATLANTA – Another round, another successful effort with the putter. Phil Mickelson was bubbling over with joy.

“I have direction now,” Mickelson said. “I know what I’m trying to do.”

Needing but 27 putts in a round of 66 that got him within four shots of the lead, Mickelson one-putted half the holes and for three days has one-putted 27 times. There’s been just one three-putt and yes, the praise has been showered upon the six-hour lesson he took with Dave Stockton a week ago.

That got someone thinking: Was Mickelson still working with short-game guru Dave Pelz?

“Yeah,” Mickelson said. “I’m going to see him next week.”

If it seemed redundant to go to a putting instructor and a short-game teacher, Mickelson said it wasn’t. He doesn’t work with Pelz on technique, while Stockton “reinforced the technique that I’ve always putted with.”

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