Phil Mickelson believes that he will have a 'good day' in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championships as he looks to close the two-shot deficit between him and current leader J.B Holmes.
Mickelson had looked to have left himself too much to do at the midway stage, after a second round 75, but yesterday’s round of a nine-under-par 63, equaling his best score of the year, put him right back into contention.
And the 43-year-old American feels that he will be able to carry this momentum into the closing days play as he looks to surge to the top of the leaderboard.
He said to reporters in Charlotte: “It's going to be a good day tomorrow.
“Today was a really good day from start to finish. I drove the ball well, my irons were solid, my short game was on and I made a lot of putts.
“I capitalised on the good shots, the iron shots, they are big momentum putts that carry on to the next holes.
“They got me ahead of the round. There are holes you can take advantage of but the other holes are tough.
"To be able to salvage par [on the 18th] was a big plus.”
As well as making that par on the last, Mickelson was in fine form all day. On the front-nine he went round in 29, seven-under-par, after making birdies at holes three, four, five, six and eight, as well as eagling the par five seventh.
On the back nine he wasn’t quite as scintillating, but a solid closing nine holes, where he made two birdies, without dropping a shot, brought him up to third in the leaderboard.
If he is to win at Quail Hollow, though, he will have to show some form to close down the leaders, who have been impressive all week.
Holmes has been right up near the top of the leaderboard since the opening day’s play. The 32-year-old has carded under-par scores all week – of 70, 67 and 66 – to establish a gap at the top of the leaderboard and he will hope that his form, which has progressively got better throughout the week, will continue to show the same trend on the closing day.
Just one shot behind him is Martin Flores, on twelve-under-par, but Mickelson will feel confident he will have had enough experience of this kind of situation to chase down the far less tested duo ahead of him.
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