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Golf-PGA-Mickelson eager for final push of PGA Tour season

TULSA, Oklahoma, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson played a meticulous final-round 69 at the U.S. PGA Championship on Sunday and said he was eager for the final push of the season.

Mickelson, who has pronounced himself pain-free for the first time since hurting his left wrist practicing from the Oakmont rough in preparation for the U.S. Open, parred every hole except for a birdie at the 17th.

“I had a nice Faldo round going where he won the British at Muirfield with no birdies, no bogeys,” the usually adventurous Mickelson said in reference to the steady style of British six-times major winner Nick Faldo.

“I played very well, had a chance to get the round going. I think I missed only one green the first 13 holes and had a lot of birdie chances. Didn’t make any, made one on 17.”

Mickelson, 37, finished at six-over-par 286 at Southern Hills Country Club and though he may have been a bit rusty he was happy about how he felt physically.

“The wrist has actually been great. Last week and this week have been the first two weeks where it feels fine, so I expect it should be past me.

“I wish this (the PGA) was just a couple of weeks later because I finally was able to start practicing. I just didn’t get all parts of my game going.

“I’ll spend next week working hard, and hopefully I should be ready for the final four events of the year.”

The U.S. PGA Tour season finishes with the FedExCup playoffs, a series of four big-money events culminating in the Tour Championship.

“Usually this time of the year after the PGA, I’m ready to pack it in,” Mickelson said.

“But because I feel like I haven’t been able to play and practice three months, my excitement level to get back out and compete is still very high right now.”