Phil Mickelson Makes Emergency Visit to Putting Coach Dave Stockton After Four-Putt

Phil Mickelson in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship (Getty Images). Phil Mickelson in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship (Getty Images).


What's the first thing you do after a four-putt?
If you're Phil Mickelson, you ring Dave Stockton and schedule an emergency session. Fresh off a final-round 76 at the Wells Fargo Championship in which he struck the ball sweetly but struggled on the greens, Mickelson said that his next stop would be a visit with the putting guru, Stockton.
"I'll see [him] tomorrow and see if I can get this putter a little more consistent, because I had two great putting days and then I had just two horrific ones."
That's a fair assessment. After carding a 63 on Saturday to move within two strokes of the lead, Mickelson showed up Sunday with his flat stick in full rebellion. He three-putted No. 8, then missed shorties on the 11th and 14th holes before the coup de grace on the 16th, where he four-putted from 30 feet.
It's been a strange year for Mickelson, who has yet to notch a top-10 finish and missed the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997.
But the reigning British Open champ said he saw signs of progress.
"It was a really rough day on the greens, but, again, I had a good week. It was a fun week and, again, it was a step in the right direction."
It doesn't get any easier from here. On to the Players Championship this week, and the slick putting surfaces of TPC Sawgrass.
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