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Phil Mickelson of US shouts after hitting a shot at the 10th hole in the second round of CIMB Classic at KLGCC on Friday. He's tied 25th on the standings at three-under 141. - AFP
AMERICAN star Phil Mickelson continued to rue his erratic swing as he found himself trailing leader Keegan Bradley by 10 strokes at the halfway stage of the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
The world No. 3, who mixed four birdies against two bogeys to finish with a two-under 70 for a share of 25th spot, described his performance as not much better than Thursday’s.
The British Open champion opened accounts with a one-under 71 the previous day and admitted he was struggling to cope with the tough conditions at the course.
“It’s not much better. I don’t have the control of swing that I would like. I’m not sure which side I’m going to miss it on. And playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, was extremely difficult,” he said.
“The rough is tough. You’re fighting for pars the whole day. It was closer today.
“The rhythm felt a little bit better today. I won’t worry so much about technique and the technical side of it these next few days and see if I can get a good rhythm with the swing ... then maybe I can make some birdies.”
Asked if things will get better for him over the weekend, Mickelson just shrugged his shoulders.
“Technically, I’ve got a lot of issues. I think that I’ll address it more in the off-season. But this week and next week, it’s going to be difficult.
“When you play well you have to know where your misses are going to be.
“You have to be able to eliminate half the golf course and play to the other side that is not as penalising, whether it’s playing away from water or what have you.
“Right now, the difficulty is I may make some decent swings and not miss too much, but I don’t know if I’m missing it left or right, and that is the difficulty,” he said.
Defending champion Nick Watney rebounded from a three-over 75 on Thursday to improve to a three-under 69. Watney’s two-day total of 144 put him in 42nd position.
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