Flashback: Mickelson claimed to know putting secret

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final...

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts after making his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 21, 2013. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

Phil Mickelson is friends again with his flatstick.

After an on-and-off relationship the last three or four years, Mickelson, the world’s No. 5, said he’s putting as well as he ever has.

When asked about his struggles on links courses, Mickelson, who won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart last week, said: “The common thread is, I believe, is more on the greens than anything. I’ve not putted these greens well with these little subtle nuances and rolls with the crosswinds that come into play as well as the strong blades of fescue grass.

“But I’m really optimistic about this week and going forward because I’m starting to putt as well as I ever have. I putted great last week and more than that, I’ve putted well now for months.

“(I) kind of found the secret to my own putting and what I need to do to putt well...hopefully that one common thread that’s given me problems here (on links courses), I hopefully have solved.”

Mickelson was asked a couple of other questions including one about his putting secret, which he didn’t answer.

“I tried to skip over that because I’m not going to discuss it,” he said. “I feel that I’ve kind of keyed in on something and I don’t really want to share.”

We’ll see as the week unfolds at Muirfield if he’s really onto something here.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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