FedEx St. Jude Classic

Mickelson doesn't need win to validate a good year

Phil Mickelson is running out of time to validate what quietly has been a good year, minus only a victory.

He is not running out of patience.

Mickelson expects the disappointment from his runner-up finish in the British Open to linger because of how well he played, only to lose to the lowest score in major championship history. He found himself thinking too much about results in the PGA Championship, and along with not making putts, he was never a factor at Baltusrol.

"Certainly, the play this year at the British tells me that I'm able to play at a high level," said Mickelson, who turned 46 in June and is starting to check out colleges for his oldest...