Posted February 05, 2014

Phil Mickelson Says He Will Play In This Year’s Honda Classic

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Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson acknowledges fans at last week’s Phoenix Open. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson intends to play in this month’s Honda Classic, the first time he’s played the Florida swing event since 2002, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post.

Honda Classic organizers can thank the spring break schedules of the schools attended by Phil’s kids for bringing Mickelson to the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Here’s what Phil said:

“My kids are out of school. Both are at different schools, so that’s two different spring breaks the week of Los Angeles and Match Play. Because I am missing L.A. and I like to play that week, I am going to add Honda, which I have not played in quite a few years. But I’m excited to get back there and play this year.”

Mickelson hasn’t officially committed yet. But his addition would strengthen an already strong field for the event, which is Feb. 27-March 2. Rory McIlroy has officially committed to play. The 2012 winner also has apologized for walking off the course in the midst of a bad round last year with an apparent toothache. Tiger Woods has not committed to the tournament but has played in the past. You can see the complete Honda Classic field here.

Phil tied for 11th at 13 under the last time he played the Honda, which was formerly at the TPC at Heron Bay in Coral Springs. Matt Kuchar shot a final-round 66 to finish 19 under and edge Brad Faxon by two strokes for his first PGA Tour victory. Here’s a shot of a young, pre-major championship Phil on that Sunday:

Phil Mickelson Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson plays the final round of the 2002 Honda Classic. (Getty Images)

Phil has to be disappointed that he can’t make it to Riviera for the Northern Trust Open. Lefty has had success at the Pacific Palisades tract, winning back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 at Hogan’s Alley.

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8 comments
Nospin
Nospin

I'm pretty surprised he abandoned the L.A. Open, even with the family / break thing. He commutes to the course in a helicopter each day from San Diego anyway and I know he likes playing it and the practice round with amy Alcott.

kelprod1
kelprod1

Credit the guy for placing his time with his children above playing golf. On that, he is consistent. Disappointed he will not be at Riviera, but hopefully, I can catch him at that event next year...

Dasher
Dasher

First time since 02....Phil cutting back on his schedule again. One should question anything that comes out of his mouth, there is always a hidden agenda or strategy.

MDMike
MDMike

@Dasher  

Mickelson has been very transparent in planning his year:  no cutting back in early season events which were always his favorites,  grouping tournaments so that he plays 2-3 consecutive weeks leading up to majors,  really cutting back his late season schedule (incl Fedex) when he usually grinds for nothing.    Do some research before shooting your mouth off. 

macer
macer

@MDMike @Dasher

MDMike,


You make excellent points regarding Phil's annual scheduling of events, however, your last sentence significantly detracts from your comments. 

macer
macer

@MDMike @macer

MDMike,

I was simply looking for a site to make comments while using proper English, sharing a little of the history of golf, and reading respectful and rational comments from others.  I believe the golf writers at this site are much more credible than those at the GC site.  Moreover, comments at the GC site were often personal, prejudicial, and lacked credibility.

MDMike
MDMike

@macer


Mace, quite a few former GC posters are on golfweek forum now.  What are you doing here.  LOL


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