INVERNESS, Scotland -- Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is a late entry for this coming week’s Scottish Open.
Mickelson has added the event to his schedule and been given the final sponsor's invitation after a run in which he withdrew from the Memorial, finished only 65th at the U.S. Open and then missed the cut -- along with Tiger Woods -- at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday night.
That was the first time Mickelson and Woods had missed the cut in the same event in their professional careers.
Mickelson came in only 58th at Castle Stuart last year in an event reduced to 54 holes because of bad weather. But a week later, he tied for second behind Darren Clarke in the British Open at Sandwich.
That was the 42-year-old Mickelson's best-ever finish at the Open -- though he ended up three strokes behind Clarke, whereas at Troon in 2004 he was only one behind playoff participants Todd Hamilton and Ernie Els.
The left-hander's missed cut in West Virginia took his number of consecutive rounds without breaking par to seven, a career worst.
"I really have been off," he said. "I don't know what to say about that. The parts don't feel that far off, but I haven't been putting them together.
"It doesn't feel bad off the tee, it doesn't feel bad with the iron play, it doesn't feel bad chipping or putting," he explained. "But I'm making a lot of loose drives here or there, some loose iron shots here or there, missing some short putts here or there."