Mickelson eyes strong finish
Last updated: 30th October 2013
Phil Mickelson is looking to hit back strongly in Shanghai this week after a disappointing performance in the CIMB Classic.
The five-time major winner admits that he felt quite hopeless at times in Kuala Lumpur, with his swing constantly letting him down.
He's feeling a lot more positive ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions, however - a tournament he's won twice already.
"I would love to finish strong," said the American.
"The last two days, my game started to come around," he said. "And as I enter this tournament, I enter with a lot more confidence than I've had in a while. Sheshan is a golf course that I feel very comfortable on. I feel like I know how to play this course successfully, and I'm looking forward to the week."
Mickelson has made numerous trips to Asia, and it has paid off in more ways than just trophies. He currently has at least three golf projects in the works and he spent Monday at Mickelson International Golf Club in the Shanghai area, which will open next year.
"I believe China and other parts of Asia are the biggest growth opportunity in the game of golf," he said. "And I feel as though we should all help expose the greatness of the game of golf to these parts of the world, and see the game flourish."
On Tuesday, Mickelson joined Justin Rose, Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Ian Poulter at a ceremony overlooking Shanghai's famous riverfront.
The golfers swapped their clubs for traditional swords, spears and halbreds while draped in colourful cloaks, and Mickelson says he enjoys such occasions.
"Part of my enjoyment for participating in this tournament is some of the cultural experiences we've had, from Tai Chi two years ago to Chinese checkers, where I beat Tiger in that game," he joked.
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