Mickelson (72) heads home, says driver back in bag

Phil Mickelson during his first-round 71 to open the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Phil Mickelson during his first-round 71 to open the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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Phil Mickelson is already half-way back to California while the PGA Championship leaders are on the front-nine, but he stopped at the end of his round to address finishing at 12 over for the tournament, including a 2-over 72 on Sunday at Oak Hill.

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What happened this week?

"I don't know. I didn't play very well the last two weeks. I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to go home and take a few weeks off, get my short game sharp and start back up in four or five days for the FedExCup. I'm not going to worry too much about it."

Jim Furyk, at 43, he feels like he's reaching his prime, you said the same thing when you won the Open Championship. You can kind of relate to that, can't you?

"I see it ‑‑ I've played with Jim now the last few years and I've seen some really good golf from him and I know that last year was close to being an incredible year and he didn't finish off the way he has finished tournaments all throughout his career. He's always been a tough closer. I kind of expect him to play some of his best golf today."

What are you going to do next?

"I'm going to be in the air soon. I'm going to go just work on my short game at my home, just chip and putt, and then wait four or five days before I start hitting balls again because I want to just kind of forget these couple of weeks where I really haven't struck it the way I had for a few months. I'll look at some film from those events I played well and just try to do the same thing that I was doing."

Barclays is a much different golf course. Do you plan on hitting the driver there?

"Yeah, I do. I'll have the driver in the bag the next few weeks."

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