Phil Mickelson finished 11-over at Quail Hollow and missed the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time since 1995.
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CHARLOTTE — Lefty is not right.
For the second consecutive major championship, a dejected Phil Mickelson left the premises after two rounds, shaking his head and looking like a shadow of the man who’s won 42 PGA Tour titles, including three Masters, the 2005 PGA Championship and the 2013 British Open.
After opening with a 8-over-par 79 Thursday in the first round of the 99th PGA Championship — his worst score in 95 rounds in the tournament — Mickelson shot 74 to miss the cut Friday in the last major of the season. It’s his first missed cut in the PGA in 22 years.
Last month he shot 70-77 at Royal Birkdale to miss the cut in the British Open. Last week he was never in contention and finished in a tie for 39th at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
“I’m obviously not scoring well and I hit the ball in every bad spot,” Mickelson said to a large group of reporters after the second round.
It’s been a difficult time for Mickelson on the golf course since he and longtime caddie, James “Bones” Mackay, split late in June. Mickelson has his brother, Tim, on the bag, and he finished in a tie for 20th at the Greenbrier Classic in their first go at it as a team. Then Mickelson played the British Open.
Mickelson said his split with Bones hasn’t caused his game to desert him, for he’s hitting all the shots, after all. He said he feels fine and he’s not having any problems dealing with his psoriatic arthritis. His focus, on the other hand, is causing problems.
“The difference is I’m not searching,” for the problem, said Mickelson, who last won at the 2013 British Open. “It’s not like I’m hitting the ball crooked, I’m just hitting it in the wrong spots. Not really controlling my thought process, where I want the ball to go. I’m not real focused out there. I’m having a tough…