Phil Mickelson skipped Shadow Creek occasion to keep away from ‘letdown’


Why isn’t Phil Mickelson teeing it up this week at Shadow Creek, the positioning of his large victory over Tiger Woods two years in the past?
It seems Mickelson has $9 million causes – effectively, sort of.
“Even when I beat all 78 guys, it will nonetheless be a letdown,” Mickelson mentioned Thursday at Nation Membership of Virginia. “I made a lot extra final time I performed, that I simply did not see the profit. Sorry.”
Whereas the remark was made tongue in cheek, Mickelson believes his highway to Augusta greatest goes by way of Richmond, Virginia, the place he’ll make his second profession PGA Tour Champions begin starting Friday on the Dominion Power Charity Traditional. Mickelson will look to construct off his maiden senior win two months in the past at Ozarks Nationwide whereas a few of the high names on the PGA Tour go at it on the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
The 50-year-old Mickelson has missed seven cuts in 15 worldwide begins this 12 months, together with most just lately on the U.S. Open. He does have a trio of top-Three finishes, together with a T-2 in Memphis and T-Three in Saudi Arabia, however exterior of that he boasts only one different top-25 displaying.
Full-field scores from the Dominion Power Charity Traditional
Mickelson plans to return to the Tour for subsequent week’s Zozo Championship at Sherwood and in addition play the Houston Open at newly redesigned Memorial Park earlier than making his 28th Masters begin subsequent month. The three-time Masters champ, who tied for 36th final 12 months, added that he severely thought of enjoying the PGA Tour Champions finale at Phoenix Nation Membership as an alternative of Houston.
“However I felt just like the course was going to be a bit brief and tight for what I needed to do, to attempt to open it up for Augusta,” Mickelson mentioned. “You have to actually swing as quick as you possibly can there, get the ball on the market, hit it excessive, hit it far and I did not really feel like Phoenix Nation Membership was conducive to that. I am undecided if Memorial Park is, we have not performed there, however I’d suppose that it will be extra so than Phoenix.”

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