Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Phil Mickelson said he needed to be moreaggressive after his opening-round 71.
Perhaps it's time to rethink that strategy.
He may have stuck to his word, but the results were inconsistent at best, asMickelson posted five bogeys and a double against three birdies at AugustaNational en route to a 76.
"I made a lot of mistakes today," said Mickelson. "I made a lot of poormistakes that I just can't do around here."
The three-time Masters champion wasn't the only big name to go 4-over par onFriday, as light morning rain and a difficult setup led to high scores acrossthe leaderboard.
First-round co-leader Sergio Garcia hit the dubious mark and slipped to 2-under through 36. A day after turning in his first bogey-free Masters cardsince 2002, the Spaniard dropped a shot on the third, fourth, 11th and 13thholes.
Big-hitter Dustin Johnson began the second round one shot off the pace andgrabbed the outright lead Friday before crumbling down the stretch. He bogeyed14, found the water and doubled on 15, then dropped another shot on the 17thand doubled again on the last for his 76.
Last year's runner-up Louis Oosthuizen and 1987 champion Larry Mize also went4-over on the day.
Back to Mickelson, who referred to Thursday's round as a "birdie fest".
Lefty's opening-round run came on the second nine, where he posted a 33, butthe same stretch proved more challenging Friday.
A missed par putt at the 10th led to bogey and set the tone for an inward 40,which included an errant 9-iron and a double at the 12th, and consecutivebogeys after a birdie on the 13th.
"I was disappointed," said Mickelson. "After I doubled 12, I came back with abirdie. I think I was only 1-over for the tournament at the time. So I couldhave gotten right back to even or 1-under coming in. And I had a good drive on14, I hit a gap wedge again short and ... I made bogey.
"I've got a little bit of work to do, it doesn't feel far off. My putter isvery close. I've hit a lot of good putts that have not gone in that have comevery close the first two days. If I can get a couple to fall and hit a fewmore good shots, I think that I have something in the mid 60s, which I willneed tomorrow to get back in it."
Mickelson is 3-over through 36.
"You're never out of this tournament," he said. "You just never know what'sgoing to happen."