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Phil Mickelson paints bleak picture

Updated: August 2, 2014, 7:13 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

AKRON, Ohio -- For weeks, Phil Mickelson greeted every disappointment with a smile, every negative with a positive, every lackluster finish with the confidence that the next shot, next round, next tournament would put him on a path toward winning ways.

And why doubt him?

Sure, Mickelson hasn't had a top-10 finish all year on the PGA Tour, but there were moments, glimpses of the Lefty of old, and his own assurances that things were close.

Apparently, ...

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