Registering a great score when you are not really playing your best game is quite an art.
And, Rory McIlroy is just starting to learn that. Still, he is quite not the master and if he looks to pull on that famous green jacket at next week’s Augusta National, he might begin looking at Phil Mickelson’s build-up to the season’s first major.
The forty-five year old lefty has won 3 Masters titles since the year 2004. While form the week before has not always meant a lot – he was tenth in BellSouth Classic in the year 2004, won that event before his 2nd Masters win in the year 2006, and ended thirty-fifty in Houston before winning his 3rd Masters — it has been a useful event for sweeping away those cobwebs as well as settling nerves.
When Tiger Woods never took part in golf a week before the Masters, he won 4 jackets, 4 of the past 7 champions played in Shell Houston Open warm-up that includes Jordan Spieth previous year. McIlroy is now at his Florida home working on his game. However, a lot of the top contenders for the first major are actually in Texas, headed by Mickelson, Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.
Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington and Shane Lowry were also among the later beginners. Mickelson started with a 3 under par sixty-nine and when that left him 4 shots behind early leaders Roberto Castro, and Dustin Johnson, he was quite happy with his beginning at Golf Club of Houston. Mickelson told that the great thing for him, his bad rounds now are honorable.