Phil Mickelson feeling good headed to Waste Management Open


Phil Mickelson believes he is back to “100%” after hernia surgery and can’t wait to play the next three events on the PGA Tour.

After his final round Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open Mickelson said: “My game came around quicker than I thought it would, and I felt the best place to sharpen it and to see where I was at was to play last week and this week.”

“I am really pleased with the way that I’m swinging the club and I feel really good. This is the best I’ve swung in a while, and I’m excited about these upcoming events and hopefully I’ll put it all together. I really enjoyed playing here, and to have this perfect weather on the weekend is incredible. I was a lot closer to the top of the leaderboard than a few shots that separate me now, but this was a good week, a good steppingstone, and hopefully I’ll continue to build on that for these upcoming weeks and put it together. But this is the best I’ve swung in a while.”

“I’m really glad I did because my touch is starting to come around a little bit. The sensitivity to shotmaking, chipping, putting on Tour‑caliber greens and rough and things that you can’t replicate at your home course is getting sharper because I did play these last two weeks.”

Mickelson, a three-time champion as a pro at Torrey Pines, which is not far from where he grew up, was 6 under on the weekend, and now has some momentum to take with him to Phoenix.

He said he will play the next three weeks, which would mean playing five consecutive weeks, adding the Genesis Open at Riviera (Tiger Woods will be play there, too) on the back of starts at Phoenix and Pebble Beach.

“So I’m looking forward to these next three weeks and I get to play at three spots that I really love. I haven’t been back to Riviera in quite some time. I’ll be going back there this year. It’s been my kids’ break and so I’ve missed it, but I really like that golf course and I’m looking forward to playing there as well as Phoenix and Pebble.”



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