'Old Lefty' still fan favourite heading into final round at PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. watches his drive off the 18th tee during the third round of the 2014...

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. watches his drive off the 18th tee during the third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

Phil Mickelson showed Saturday that he still has a few tricks left up his sleeve.

The 44-year-old, five-time major winner and 2005 PGA Champion has had a miserable season to date, without even a top-10 finish, but a four-under par 67 in the third round has him just three shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

It’s clear that old Lefty remains a fan favourite as roars could be heard around the course whenever he made a birdie.

A driver change this week has sparked Mickelson’s resurgence and he’s hoping he can put his game together for a full 18 holes when it counts on Sunday.

“I’ll still be three shots back … but I feel like every time I tee it up this week I have that seven, eight, nine-under par round in me,” Mickelson said.

He’s looking to use his veteran status as an advantage.

“Hopefully (the younger players are) more nervous … a little tight around the collar,” he said. “That’s what I’m hoping for.”


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