Phil Mickelson’s recreation continued to enhance this weekend on the Safeway Open.

He didn’t play properly sufficient to win, closing with a 70 on Sunday. However even Lefty acknowledged his recreation stays on an upswing following his 12-beneath efficiency on the Safeway Open.

“It’s simply straightforward to see the ball beginning on the correct line. Iron play is again. Distance management. Placing. The sport has simply come again. My focus is best. I’m staying current, targeted and hitting the photographs,” he advised Golf Channel after his spherical on Sunday.

Mickelson, forty seven, completed three photographs behind winner Brendan Steele. He was tied for third with Chesson Hadley at 276 within the 2017-18 PGA Tour season-opener.

“I knew I wanted the birdie the final three,” he stated. “Sadly, the tee shot on 17, if I hit the green, that’s a birdie pin. However I missed it the place I couldn’t miss it. And I bogeyed the opening.”

There was a spark in Mickelson evident all through the weekend.

He even knew when to poke enjoyable at himself.

On the par-5 sixteenth, Mickelson striped a drive. His shot stopped on the excessive grass. It will be his fifteenth and ultimate fairway in regulation.

“I had fun at the moment. It was enjoyable to be within the combine. It was enjoyable to have an opportunity. It was a really troublesome course,” he later advised Golf Channel. “This course performed completely totally different with the agency greens, and the wind. A few of the pin placements have been troublesome to get to.”

Up subsequent on his calendar: the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

“I’ll get a number of issues ironed out. I’m going to go to China. I’ve gained that twice. I’ll see if I can get a win there.”