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Mickelson to play at Houston in advance of Masters

Field Level Media
31 Oct 2020, 06:19 GMT+10

Phil Mickelson has elected to play his final tuneup tournament before The Masters on the PGA Tour instead of the Champions Tour.

The three-time Masters winner will play the Nov. 5-8 Vivint Houston Open in advance of the major tournament a week later at Augusta, Ga. The Vivint Houston Open will take place at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The Champions Tour will contest the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club from Nov. 6-8. Mickelson, who turned 50 in June to qualify for Champions Tour play, has used his new status to earn two victories, the most recent at Richmond, Va., earlier this month.

Mickelson said previously he had reservations about playing at Houston, since the tournament will be the first to allow fans back on the course. But he has backed off that stance of late. The event at Houston will welcome 2,000 paying customers per day, well below the number of tickets typically sold.

While he has managed to win against older competition, Mickelson's recent play on the PGA Tour leaves a lot to be desired. He finished 77th of the 78 competitors during last week's Zozo Championships at Sherwood Country Club outside of Los Angeles with a four-day total of 3-over par.

"I'll see what course is best to get ready (for) and I'll do that," Mickelson said Sunday when asked about his plans for a final event before Augusta. "But this week I'll work on a couple of things and see if I can get my game sharper. I need to be much more disciplined out here."

Mickelson's Masters titles came in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He also won the PGA Championship in 2005 and the British Open in 2013. He is a 44-time winner on the PGA Tour, which is ninth all time, and has compiled $92 million in earnings.

--Field Level Media

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