Mickelson gunning for first Wells Fargo win

Phil Mickelson during the Masters.

Phil Mickelson during the Masters.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Phil Mickelson has played the Wells Fargo Championship seven times, has five top 7s, and only once finished worse than 12th. Nonetheless, he has yet to leave with a trophy, and that will be the goal beginning Thursday when he plays alongside Gary Woodland and Nick Watney.

Mickelson hasn’t played since tying for 27th at the Masters, a disappointing finish considering he arrived in Augusta straight off winning in Houston. He took a two-week break from golf, then got back to work, focusing on the one thing that slowed him most at the Masters. His putting. The last few weeks he has spent ample time with both the Daves in his camp: Stockton and Pelz. 

A year ago in Charlotte, Mickelson played well but was run down on Sunday by a red-hot Rory McIlroy, who turned in one of the rounds of the year, shooting 62. Why is he so fond of Quail Hollow?

“I love the first cut (of rough), he said. “It’s very much like Augusta, and there’s so many trees here, it really is exciting because it gives you an opportunity to try a recovery shot. There’s a lot of penalties with as many trees as are here, but it allows for recovery shots. To me, that’s the most exciting shot in golf.”

And seeing that he’s ranked 175th on Tour in driving accuracy (hitting only 52.3 percent), he gets plenty of opportunities to hit them. 

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