Mickelson Will Start Season in Abu Dhabi, Woods Backs his Decision

Phil Mickelson at the HSBC Champions tournament. Thanks to the Golf Buzz for the cool pic!

Phil Mickelson at the HSBC Champions tournament. Thanks to the Golf Buzz for the cool pic!

Golf is one of those sports that seem to be a grind, especially when you’re playing 72 holes and 5 time major champion Phil Mickelson knows this with all his experience on Tour. A couple of months back it was announced that Phil would cut back on his schedule and that’s a pretty good idea since he’ll be more rested. The only problem is that it could definitely take a toll on his world ranking but I don’t think that matters much to Phil as long as he gets a major or two. According to CBS Sports as well as our own, Fox Sports, Phil looks to start his season in Abu Dhabi during the HSBC Championship in January. January has always been considered that big “starting line” to the PGA Tour season since that’s when you start seeing a lot of the big name players such as Mickelson. This is a smart move by a guy who is already in the hall of fame and has 5 majors under his belt.

He can afford to take it easy with the schedule because he already cemented his place in history but the crazy thing is that he’s still a pretty young guy. He may drop in the world rankings by missing events but as I said, this will make him rested by the time the majors are approaching. Now you could say if he drops off in the rankings that he may become ineligible for a major but there’s no way he’s falling that far down especially if he wins one or two of the tournaments he plays in. Also, I highly doubt he’ll miss too much golf because after all he loves the game and there’s certain tournaments that he really enjoys playing in. After he plays in the HSBC, Mickelson will actually play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines the week after again according to CBS Sports. World no.1 Tiger Woods agreed with Phil toning it down on his schedule.

“I don’t blame him, I don’t blame him at all,” Woods said according to Rueters. “I don’t know what he’s going to cut down, we have 15 tournaments as a minimum for voting membership (on the U.S. Tour). Oh, don’t worry Tiger, I think your buddy Phil will play in his fair share of tournaments to continue one of the better rivalries in sports. I mean, it’s not like Phil isn’t out of his prime. The man can still play golf at a very high level as he had arguably his best season as a pro last season so he’s obviously still got the energy and has what it takes to last 72 holes. He’ll cut down a few tournaments but I don’t think it’ll be anything major especially if he’s playing back to back tournaments in January. Overall though, cutting down a few tournaments is a great move for Lefty who has less pressure since he’s already one of the greatest golfers of all-time and then when he’s rested, he’ll be a complete threat in the majors but time is running out for him if he plans on getting a U.S. Open title to complete to career grand slam.

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