Woods too will rue missed opportunities as he goes in search of the 15th title that will end his half-decade without a major championship.
Three birdies were canceled out by six bogeys and he could only watch from the 14th green as, only 30 yards away, Mickelson marched up the 17th on his way to a pivotal birdie to a rapturous ovation from the crowd.
"It was frustrating. I played well," Woods told reporters. "I could just never get the speed right today.
"I had a hard time adjusting to the speeds. They were much slower today, much softer. I don't think I got too many putts to the hole today.
"I really had a hard time and left myself a couple of long lag putts early on when [the wind] was really blowing, and left them way short and didn't make those putts."