It looks like Mickelson has $ 9 million worth of reasons – well, sort of.
“Even if I beat the 78 guys it would still be a bummer,” Mickelson said Thursday at the Virginia Country Club. “I did so much more the last time I played that I just didn’t see the advantage. Sorry. ”
While the comment was ironic, Mickelson believes his route to Augusta goes best through Richmond, Va., Where he will make his second career start of the PGA Tour champions starting Friday at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Mickelson will look to build on his first senior victory two months ago at Ozarks National while some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour will take part in the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
Mickelson, 50, has missed seven cups in 15 world starts this year, including most recently at the US Open. He has a trio of top 3 rankings including a T-2 in Memphis and a T-3 in Saudi Arabia, but outside of that he only has one other performance in the top 25.
Scores en plein champ de la Dominion Energy Charity Classic
Mickelson plans to return to touring for next week’s Zozo Championship at Sherwood and also play at the Houston Open at the newly redesigned Memorial Park before making his 28e The masters start next month. The three-time Masters champion, who was tied for 36e Last year, he added that he was seriously considering playing the PGA Tour Champions final at Phoenix Country Club instead of Houston.
“But I felt like the course was going to be a little short and tight for what I wanted to do, try to open it up for Augusta,” said Mickelson. “You really have to swing as fast as you can out there, get the ball out, kick it high, kick it far and I didn’t feel the Phoenix Country Club was right for that. I don’t know if Memorial Park is, we haven’t played there, but I think it would be more so than Phoenix.