Mickelson out to regain momentum

US Tour

Phil Mickelson heads into this week’s Texas Open with a clear gameplan: produce competitive rounds and get into contention.

The five-time major winner, who is coming off a two-week break, hasn’t really made headlines with his golf so far this year as he failed to finish in the top 10 in seven tournaments.

He will make his return this week by appearing in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio for the first time in 22 years and with the Masters at Augusta only weeks away, the American knows he needs to get his act together.

“I haven’t had the success I’ve wanted to early on this season, and I want to get in contention,” he said.

“I want to have competitive rounds and work on playing proper golf and managing the game and the rounds. This is a great opportunity to build some momentum going into Augusta.”

He added: “You can’t really unleash drivers like at Augusta. The fairways are very generous and plenty wide to hit. But there’s a lot of junk if you miss fairways. You don’t want to go after one.”

Mickelson won’t be the only big-name player in the field as two-time winner Zach Johnson has also committed along with Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Canada’s Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington and Australians Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and John Senden.

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