Phil Mickelson believes his game is back on track and there is a real excitement about his future.
The US star has not won a title since clinching the Open Championship back in 2013 and his performances over the past three years suggested he was on a downward spiral.
The 46-year-old did produce a couple of decent results in that period, having finished second in the 2014 US PGA Championship and then joint runner-up at the Masters last year.
But the 42-time PGA Tour winner struggled in other tournaments and many doubted whether he would be able to compete at the top level on a consistent basis.
Mickelson appears to have proved his doubters wrong after narrowly missing out on the Open at Royal Troon in July as he went toe-to-toe with Henrik Stenson in the final round.
The Californian could only manage a tie for 33rd at Baltusrol in the final major of the season but is confident of being able to compete for more honours.
“It seems as though my love for the game and desire is as strong as it’s ever been,” he told Sky Sports News. “I think that this year has taken me a year to get my game back after two and a half years of really struggling.
“The only thing that’s missing is the final result, but it’s been very close. Certainly my play this year at Troon tells me that I’m still able to play at a high level. I’m starting to see my game come back. I’m excited about where my game is.”
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