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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 6/16/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
College: Arizona State University

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Phil Mickelson improved to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in his second round of the Masters, but signed his card sitting one stroke outside the cut line.
He's 5-over 149 at the midpoint. Bubba Watson is the 36-hole clubhouse leader at 7-under 137, so the elder left-hander will need the top-50 bubble to drift his way. Mickelson's card today featured four birdies, but it also included two bogeys and another triple, this time at the par-3 12th. After finding the bunker short of the green off the tee, he essentially skulled his second into a back bunker. His out found the front bunker again. Mickelson's fourth came to rest on the back edge from where he two-putted for the 6. In 21 previous appearances, the Hall of Famer has missed only one cut. That occurred in the same edition in which Tiger Woods broke through in 1997. Apr 11 - 3:42 PM

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Phil Mickelson ran up his opening round of the 78th Masters to 4-over-par 39-37=76.

Remember when he squared a triple bogey on the par-3 fourth hole in the final round of the 2012 edition? He closed with a 72 that day to finish T3, two strokes outside the playoff won by fellow left-hander Bubba Watson. That 6 was also Mickelson's second triple of the week (10th hole, first round). Well, if he's going to be wearing his fourth green jacket this coming Sunday, it's not going to be because of today's effort. He hit 12 greens in regulation but totaled 32 putts. His round included a 7 at the par-4 seventh hole where his third stroke -- a chip from the fringe -- ran through the green; he'd eventually three-putt from mid-range. He penciled in another 7 at the par-5 15th where he rinsed his third. The only highlight of the walk occurred at the par-4 10th where he dropped in a long-distance left-to-righter, eliciting a standing ovation from the gallery, at least from those not already on their feet. Mickelson goes in the books eight strokes off the overnight lead.
Apr 10 - 8:26 PM

Phil Mickelson looks for his 17th consecutive Masters cut made this week at Augusta National.

It's no secret that Mickelson loves Augusta National Golf Club. Lefty's career scoring at ANGC of 71.13 is the lowest of any golfer with 75 or more rounds played. The T12 finish last week at the Shell Houston Open is a good sign that he will be ready to contend as usual this week at Augusta National.
Apr 8 - 12:24 PM

Phil Mickelson settled for an even-par 38-34=72 in the third round of the Shell Houston Open and is tied for eighth at 6-under 210 through 54 holes.

Lefty has posted two strokes higher in each of his subsequent two rounds after opening with a 68. His third navigation of Golf Club of Houston included four birdies and four bogeys, with 10 pars rounding out his day. Ironically, this was statistically his best putting day despite posting his highest score of the tournament. He gained .566 with the flat stick, while hitting 13 GIR but splitting just six (of 14) fairways. Still, he looks relatively ready for the Masters next week.
Apr 5 - 4:20 PM

Phil Mickelson chased his opening, bogey-free 68 at the Shell Houston Open with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his second round to post 6-under 138 and sit six strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Today's was one of those even-steven rounds. Mickelson hit 12 greens in regulation and poured in four birdies, all from 12 feet and beyond. The longest measured 21'5" at the par-4 12th hole. However, he also fanned on four tries inside nine feet, one of which from 5'9" at the par-3 seventh, which he three-putted for one of his two bogeys on the day. All that aside, it's great news that he's actually sniffing the lead given the events of the last seven days.
Apr 4 - 6:45 PM

Phil Mickelson pured a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

What, we worry? This was Mickelson's first action since pulling an oblique muscle on his right side during his third round of last week's Valero Texas Open. All of the concern over whether he'd play was downplayed on Wednesday when he committed to the trip. He delivered today, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and going 3-for-3 in scrambling. He picked off four birdies, the longest measuring 15'8" at the par-4 18th hole, his ninth of the round. Afterwards, while acknowledging that it was "fun" to play alongside Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson, both of whom also were bogey-free, Mickelson stated that he thinks he feels better because he travels with a light therapy machine that alters the sensation from pain into soreness. Whatever works. He's two strokes back of Bradley and two other co-leaders.
Apr 3 - 3:14 PM

Phil Mickelson is making every effort to give it a go at this week's Shell Houston Open. reported that Mickelson will be arriving in town tonight for his 7:50 a.m. CT tee time on Thursday. The three-time Masters champion has to be torn between wanting to play the week before the season's first major and throttling back so as not to aggravate his pulled oblique muscle on the right side. One thing is certain, however, he'll be the primary focus in the morning wave.
Apr 2 - 4:29 PM

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at this week's Shell Houston Open.

This is the lefty's second of two allotted WDs from a pro-am this season. He sat out the pro-am in advance of the WM Phoenix Open before sharing 42nd place in his title defense. And while the decision doesn't bode well for his participation in the tournament proper in Texas, that decision is still forthcoming. "We haven't heard a word from Phil, so we don't know whether he's playing or not," said a PGA Tour official. "All we know at this stage is that we had a call saying he be excused from competing in the Pro Am." It would be a surprise if Mickelson attempted to give it a go in light of the pulled muscle he suffered on Saturday at TPC San Antonio what with the Masters looming next week.
Apr 2 - 12:50 AM

Phil Mickelson released a brief statement following his withdrawal from the Valero Texas Open during his third round.

"My back’s feeling great, my body’s been feeling great," the Hall of Famer said. "I felt as good as I have all year. My speed is back, I was hitting the ball hard, driving it great. I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the [first] hole (his 10th of the day). It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12 seconds. I’m going to go back to San Diego of a couple of days and have a doctor take a look at it but there’s really not much you can do for a pulled muscle. I hope I’ll be OK to play the Shell in Houston but I just don’t know." As we stated earlier, there is zero chance that he'll threaten his chances for a full run at the Masters on April 10.
Mar 29 - 5:06 PM

Phil Mickelson was forced to pull out of the Valero Texas Open during the third round with a strained oblique.

NBC-TV's live coverage cut to a clip of Mickelson riding off the course and identified the oblique as the pulled muscle in question. He made the cut on the number with a birdie on his 36th hole on Friday evening, so he's been grinding hard all week. Beginning his day on the 10th hole, he was 1-over on his round through 10 holes. He walked off after splitting the fairway at the par-5 second hole. Today's round included two birdies and three bogeys. He is currently listed in the field for next week's Shell Houston Open, but keep a close eye on that. Lefty won't do anything to jeopardize his health with the Masters just two weeks away.
Mar 29 - 3:24 PM

Phil Mickelson answered his opening 77 at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 to post 3-over 147 and survive the cut on the number.

And he needed a 65-inch birdie try to drop at the par-4 18th hole, which it did. Prior to that, he raced out to bogey-free 3-under through seven sparked by a birdie from 12-and-a-half feet at the par-4 first hole. It was his longest conversion of the round. He kept himself alive with a par save from 10'6" at 4, but bogeys at Nos. 8 and 15 forced late drama. Mickelson is one of 14 golfers on the cut line. A total of 82 play on, so another cut of low 70 and ties will fall after 54 holes are complete. The wind is expected to blow steadily out of the east-northeast at 15 mph on Saturday. Gusts could hit 25 mph.
Mar 28 - 9:32 PM

Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 5-over-par 37-40=77 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

This is Mickelson's first appearance at TPC San Antonio and first in the event in 22 years. He split nine (of 14) fairways but found only nine greens in regulation. It opened the door for five bogeys and a three-putt double from 10'10" at the par-4 ninth hole, the last of his round. It's his highest aggregate in a PGA TOUR event since a third-round 78 at last year's PGA Championship, but it would have challenged it had a birdie attempt from 20'11" not dropped. The lefty also rolled in a five-yarder from the fringe at 16 for a birdie-2.
Mar 27 - 6:16 PM reported that Phil Mickelson is expected to be announced on Wednesday as an entry into next week's Valero Texas Open.

The tournament's Facebook page alluded to a "HUGE ... player announcement" in the morning. Mickelson hasn't pegged it in the VTO since his debut in 1992 when he was a rookie on the PGA TOUR. The event has since shifted host sites twice, more recently to TPC San Antonio in 2010. Mickelson is sitting out this week's stop at Bay Hill for the first time since 2009. He hasn't played since sharing 16th place at Doral on March 9. The Hall of Famer made no secret that he'd toy with his schedule this year, perhaps even curtailing it overall, but this report suggests that he'll play three consecutive weeks culminating with the Masters. He's 6-for-7 on the season, but has yet to crack a top 10 while also dealing with lower back pain.
Mar 19 - 12:54 AM

Phil Mickelson carded a 3-under-par 38-31=69 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, improving to 2-over 218 for the week.

Lefty was birdie-free 3-over his first seven holes, headed for a meaningless finish at Trump National Doral until a birdie at the par-5 eighth set him on fire. After a par at the ninth, he picked up five birdies without a blemish on his inward nine. Mickelson ended his afternoon with birdies on his final three holes, including a 26'1" bomb on the 18th.
Mar 8 - 3:02 PM

Phil Mickelson shot 1-over-par 70-71=141 at The Honda Classic and will miss the cut.

This marked Lefty's first appearance at PGA National. He split 21 (of 28) fairways but hit just 22 greens in regulation and found only four birdies that he offset with one bogey and two doubles. All of his par breakers dropped in from inside nine feet. He missed only two tries inside 10 feet, which reveals that his precision on approach was substandard. Look for him again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he tied for third last year.
Feb 28 - 4:59 PM