Mickelson 'far from perfect'
Phil penalised for being short of his best at the Olympic Club
Last Updated: June 18, 2012 4:44am
Mickelson: Eight bogeys, no birdies on the final day
US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III enjoyed an impressive last round at the US Open, but he will no doubt be concerned by the form of Phil Mickelson over the week at Olympic.
Love birdied two of the last three holes to close with a one-under 69 and finish on nine over, but Mickelson was seven shots further back after a lacklustre 78.
The left-hander made only five birdies over the first 54 holes, and he failed to add to that tally throughout a difficult Sunday, bogeying five of the first 10 holes and dropping three shots in a row from the 12th.
"It was a challenging test," Mickelson said. "I thought the great thing was how great the greens were. They were in fabulous shape. They putted very true.
"But I didn't play well. If you played anything less than perfect golf, it was extremely penalising. And I played far from perfect."
At least Love could be happy with his own performance after coming through sectional qualifying to make the field.
"I drove it pretty well and I putted pretty well," he said. "I didn't get into too much trouble, but I think I was cautious off the tee, and that helped.
"If you make a little mistake you're going to make a bogey, probably, so it's really tough out there. You just have to be cautious and persistent and very patient."