Ahead of the Masters next month, Phil Mickelson has sent out a warning to his rivals with another PGA Tour Championship victory.
Competing at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Virginia, Mickelson carded a seven-under par 65 on the final day to claim victory – his second win in as many tournaments – meaning the American heads into November’s Masters in red-hot form.
After picking up the win, the three-time winner at Augusta spoke about his good form and how important it is to carry that into golf’s most prestigious tournament next month.
“It’s fun for me to come out here and play well and this is a good start for me as I try to build a little bit of momentum heading to Augusta in about a month,” Mickelson told reporters.
“I put a new driver into play this week, trying to get a little more pop, a little more carry. It was a little wayward at times, but it was also effective in allowing me to play this course the way I wanted to, which was aggressively.
The rescheduled Masters kicks off on November 12, and Mickelson says he’ll compete in one more tournament before then, at the Zozo Championship alongside defending champion Tiger Woods.
“I still get a lot of fulfilment when I’m able to compete on a regular tour. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve won on the regular tour – in Memphis I finished second and I love that feeling of having a chance.
“I’m hopeful this tour, this tournament will help give me a little bit of momentum. I’m going to go back to L.A and play at Sherwood next week and try and compete against those guys. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to give it a try and I’m going with a little bit of confidence now.”
If Mickelson manages another victory before Augusta, there’s no doubt he’ll head to Georgia as one of the favourites to win the famous green jacket once again.