Phil Mickelson takes Merion for a test-drive Mon. and Tues.

Phil_300Phil Mickelson played his practice round at Merion with a little better weather than Tiger Woods did last week. The four-time major winner toured the course Monday under clear skies, according to the Main Line Times. Mickelson returned Tuesday to the course for a second practice round.

This year has been feast or famine for Mickelson so far. He opened February with a round of 60 en route to a Waste Management Phoenix Open win and put together two third-place finishes at the WGC-Cadillac and the Wells Fargo. But sprinkled in was missed cuts at the Players Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational along with a 54th place finish at the Masters.
His U.S. Open record has been just as up and down recently. The last two Open's: 65th and 54th. The two prior to that: 4th and 2nd. In his 13 U.S. Opens, Mickelson has five second-place finishes including his memorable downfall at Winged Foot in 2006, and he has often talked about how badly he wants to win his national championship.
According to Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman, Mickelson is one of the few pros to get an early round in at Merion.

Photo: Phil Mickelson at the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship (Getty Images).

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by Kevin Cunningham