Tuesday, May 6

The Players: Phil Mickelson Ready to Defend


(C. O'Neal/Flickr)

CAN PHIL MICKELSON make some noise at TPC Sawgrass this week?

The defending champion doesn’t have Tiger Woods to contend with, not that El Tigre has had a lot of success at Ponte Vedra Beach. Both Phil and Tiger have won The Players Championship once.

Mickelson says he’s ready to go. From his Web site, following are a few Lefty sound bites on his tournament preparation.

“I'll usually take Monday off of a major. I'll play a practice round early Tuesday, and Wednesday I'll go off site and get work done on areas of my game that need improvement. It will be the same as I treat other majors.

“I have already done my normal major championship preparation work that I do for Augusta.

"I've done it now for TPC Sawgrass, so I don't feel as though I have to spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready to know the golf course.”

The Players always has a strong field, and this year is no exception with 49 of the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings. There is that one glaring absence, though.

−The Armchair Golfer

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