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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