At this point in his career, Phil Mickelson does not need more money or a 2nd place finish. Can he really say that he had a better chance of a “3” with a 70 yard pitch shot versus a go for broke attempt from a bad lie? How many times a year in competition does Phil hole-out from 70 yards? Five or six times versus about 1,800 attempts (25 x 4 x 18)?
It was not like David Toms laying up for a try at birdie and the win. Phil had to hole-out for the win. If he had any chance, even a slim one, to get his ball near the green, he would have been wise to wait for Bubba and then go for broke.
I have never played golf professionally but I have watched a few tournements and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express so I feel I am qualified to render this opinion!