Mickelson: 'When I stop hitting bombs I'll play the Champions Tour'

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

The American turns 50 in the middle of this year, so it will be interesting to see how he balances his schedule between the main Tour and the over 50s Champions circuit throughout the year.

"When I stop hitting bombs I'll play the Champions Tour, but I'm hitting some insane bombs right now", Mickelson said Wednesday, a day before he opens the year at The American Express.

The tournament also features American Express as the new title sponsor after the event was played without a title sponsor in 2019. "Our knowledgeable associates are committed to helping people with their game so that their experience on the course is even more enjoyable - in fact we custom fit more novice golfers in our stores than avid golfers". "I hit the ball every bit as far".

"There's a chance maybe I'm misguided in my thinking and that I should move over". Despite slipping outside the top-50 on the world rankings late last year for the first time in over 20 years, "Lefty" still managed a PGA Tour win in another pro-am in 2019 at Pebble Beach and seems determined to remain competitive well into his 50s.

"When I stop hitting bombs I'll play the Champions Tour, but I'm hitting some insane bombs right now", he joked. Can I get the best out of me again? "Physically, there's nothing holding me back from playing some of my best golf".

For the first time since his first Presidents Cup in 1994, Mickelson failed to make or be picked for a U.S. Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup team.

"I don't often voice too many goals, but one of them is to make the Ryder Cup", Mickelson said.

"If I play to the level that I believe I'm capable of I'll make the team". Part of that is his desire to make the Ryder Cup team.

He does not, however, want to get on by virtue of being a captain's pick. "I've got to earn it", Mickelson said.

"You've got to give those spots to some younger guys that haven't had the chance to play and compete the way I have", Mickelson said. "But a lot will be decided or seen in the first six months, because I feel like I'm ready to play".

Bryson DeChambeau, who was widely criticized for his slow play when he took more than two minutes to take an eight-foot putt at the Northern Trust previous year, welcomed the initiative.

The Stadium Course at PGA West shares hosting duties with the same venue's Nicklaus Course and La Quinta Country Club over the first three days, before the final round is played at the late Pete Dye's diabolical design.

Defending champion Adam Long and Paul Casey will tee off in the group ahead of Mickelson and Finau on Thursday, with wind expected to gust to 25 miles per hour after two windy weeks for the tour in Hawaii.

The PGA Tour has unveiled its new pace-of-play policy, which is created to speed up the slowest players on the United States-based professional men's golf tour.

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