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With 1 brilliant round, Mickelson shows he could be a major player at the PGA Championship

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    Phil Mickelson signs autographs after a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

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    Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

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    Rickie Fowler, left, and Phil Mickelson walk down the fairway on the sixth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

Phil Mickelson will be the first to admit that he's a bit streaky.

Sure, it's been more than a year since his last victory.

Then he goes and makes 10 birdies while shooting 62 on the final day at Firestone.

Just like that, Lefty is being mentioned as one of the favorites at the PGA Championship.

Mickelson says he's never quite sure when he'll play well, but that brilliant round last Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational has surely boosted his confidence heading into Valhalla Golf Club.

He's getting downright antsy about claiming another win, having gone almost 13 months since that victory in the 2013 British Open gave him his fifth major title.

This is Mickelson's longest drought since 2003.