of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb.
1, 2015. (Andrew Ybanez/The State Press)
ASU's current and former golfers had mixed results in the Phoenix Open, which ended Sunday.
Phil Mickelson misses cut
Perhaps the most popular golfer at the Phoenix Open didn't make the cut.
ASU alumnus Phil Mickelson, who has 42 career PGA tour wins, including three at the Phoenix Open, could not replicate his past success at the event this week.
Mickelson started strong in his first round at the Phoenix Open, a 2-under 69, but he faltered in rainy conditions on Friday.
“I’m a little more surprised that I had such a struggle today, because I felt after yesterday’s (Thursday’s) round I was going to really come out today and do something special,” Mickelson said Friday.
In his second round, Mickelson was 5-over (six bogeys and one birdie). He hit seven of 18 greens in the round, but said it was the short and intermediate game that got him.
“I saw some good rounds out there, but my short game was off today,” Mickelson said. “I let a lot of shots slide around the greens, and I’ve got to fix that. That happened last week, as well. My chipping was off, and it was certainly off this week, too.”
Pat Perez tied for 26th
Former ASU golfer Pat Perez finished 6-under at the Phoenix Open, shooting a 70-69-68-71 on the par-71 course. He finished tied for 26th.
On Sunday, he was wearing colorful ASU pants. At the 16th hole, he used the ASU affiliation to his advantage by firing up the crowd. Former ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly was a special guest for Perez’s opening tee shot.
Other ASU golfers
- Matt Jones was 1-under for the tournament, shooting 70-71-70-72, which was good for 59th.
- Chez Reavie missed the cut by one stroke at 2-over. He shot 75-69. He hit 18 of 36 greens.
- Junior Jon Rahm finished tied for 5th. See coverage from Friday, Saturday and Sunday .
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