Mickelson Commits to Shell Houston Open
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For Phil Mickelson, it’s all about The Masters. That’s why his preparation leading up to Augusta draws attention. On Friday he officially entered in the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club Tournament Course for the fourth consecutive year, held the week before the season’s first major.

Lefty is straying from last year’s build-up to Augusta, adding an extra tournament to his schedule. Last year he skipped the Match Play Championship, opting to go on a family vacation instead. After placing 55th out of a field of 66 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he decided to commit to next week’s Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational.

“I need a little bit more competitive golf — I’ve got some work to do,” he said. “If I’d had a little more success earlier I probably would have not played Bay Hill.

“I’m not shooting the scores I need to shoot. I’m not concerned with the way I’m hitting it or any particular element of my game, but I’m not shooting the scores.”

In the final round at Doral, Mickelson managed to hit 14 bunkers.

Last year he took home the Green Jacket, beating Lee Westwood by three shots.

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)