Opinion: Phil Mickelson says he needed to make changes and he'll be better for it

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What I’m Hearing: Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio spoke with Phil Mickelson about the reason behind the golfer’s decision to fast for six days.
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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – What will Phil do next?

In all the years that question has been asked, not a single person ever thought the answer would be fasting. But that’s what Phil Mickelson has gone and done.

The man with the huge game and huge appetite for life and the dinner table looked into the mirror – and charts of his recent play – and determined he needed to make changes. Thus, ahead of the 148th edition of the British Open, to be played over the massive links named Royal Portrush, Mickelson is 15 to 18 pounds lighter than he was 15 days ago.

In a video posted Sunday on social media, Mickelson looked remarkably thinner as he explained he had made a “hard reset to change and try and make things better.” The approach included a six-day fast, a brief retreat and consumption of nothing but water and a special coffee blend for wellness.

On Monday at Royal Portrush, where Mickelson had a long session on the practice ground and then joined up with Alex Noren and Matthew Baldwin on the 13th tee and played in, proved…

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