Written by
Bryan Mullen, LIV Golf Correspondent
Mar 03 2024
- 3 MIN
Mickelson surges in Jeddah

The captain put his team on his back and led the way, all the while showing more than a few flashes of what makes him one the most popular figures in golf history.

Phil Mickelson never let up after a sizzling opening round of 5-under 65 at Royal Greens and finished the week in a tie for sixth place at LIV Golf Jeddah. It was a nice rebound for Mickelson, who finished T-30 at the previous LIV Golf event in Las Vegas.

Mickelson shot 2-under 68 on Saturday and followed it up with what might have been his best round of the week, a 3-under 67 on Sunday when the wind was up and scoring conditions grew tougher. Mickelson ended the week at 10-under par, and his T-6 was better than any finish from last season.

Helping Mickelson was a new putter, and the crowds following Mickelson on the grounds were rewarded with big moment after big moment. Draining putts from seemingly everywhere, the six-time major champion led the field in putting in Round 1.

While Mickelson starred, his HyFlyers Golf Club teammates had more of a roller coaster week. Cameron Tringale showed grit through two rounds and was 6-under entering the final round before posting an even-par 70 in tough conditions to finish T-22.

The usually steady Brendan Steele came out aggressive in Round 1 and posted an impressive 5-under 65 before a non-counting score of 1-under 69 on Saturday, when scoring conditions were good early in the round. Like Tringale, he shot even-par 70 on Sunday to finish T-22.

Andy Ogletree was even par through two rounds and couldn’t quite get much going. But on Sunday, when all four scores counted, he shot a nice 1-under 69 to cap his week with a T-41 showing.