If he had finished fourth or better at the Bridgestone Invitational, Phil Mickelson would have woken up on Monday as the world's top golfer, swiping the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings from Tiger Woods. Instead, he'll probably go to sleep on Sunday with a headache.
Mickelson is having a horrific day on the course in this fourth round, and is 9-over through his first 15 holes. From the sixth to ninth holes, he went bogey-bogey-bogey-double bogey. He has no birdies on his round, and hasn't put up a red number since a birdie on the 11th hole in Saturday's third round.
It's bad, to be sure, though it's a day of destruction rather than a lost season on par with Woods'. But Mickelson has never been ranked first in the world. If he's going to eventually get to that mountaintop, it won't be by crashing and burning on Sundays.