Sport Phil Mickelson clarifies Houston Open comments: Fans won't be 'deciding factor'

04:15  25 october  2020
04:15  25 october  2020 Source:   golfchannel.com

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“For me personally, I don't like the risk that having that happen the week before the Masters,” Mickelson said Wednesday at the Zozo Championship. “I just feel like the week before the Masters, like that's a big tournament we have and I just don't want to have any risk heading in there.”

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Phil Mickelson doesn' t want to risk playing in front of fans before Masters. Mickelson said that he didn’ t doubt that the Houston Open would be a safe environment, but since it’s the first tournament to have fans he doesn’ t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Three days later, Mickelson clarified his stance on Houston.

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He told GolfChannel.com this on Saturday: “That’s not a deciding factor. I’m sure the Tour will do a great job of making it safe.”

Instead, Mickelson said he needs to decide which option is the best way for him to prepare for the Masters, the Houston Open or the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

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“Do I want to play against guys out here [on Tour] where the penalty for a miss and playing is more challenging? The course is going to be a little longer in Houston, but it’s not overseeded like it is in Augusta, and it could be windy, and I want to start hitting the ball high for Augusta,” Mickelson said. “Or, do I want to go to Phoenix, where there’s only three rounds and I don’t wear myself out, and if I get tired I can take a cart, and I’ve got overseeded grass just like we have at Augusta, but it’s a little shorter course and I’m not playing against the guys I’ll be playing against at the Masters.”

Mickelson, who has won both of his starts on the PGA Tour Champions this year, said he will definitely play one of the two events that week. He plans to make a final decision on his schedule next week.

Phil Mickelson doesn't want to risk playing in front of fans before Masters .
Phil Mickelson is almost ready for the Masters, which was rescheduled from April to November this year due to the COVID-29 pandemic. Mickelson, who usually preps for the Masters by playing in a tournament the week before, told the Associated Press that he is considering scrapping his plan to play at the Houston Open next week. Why? “I think that they will do a very good, safe job in having 2,000 people at the Houston Open,” Mickelson told the Associated Press Wednesday at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood. “However, for me personally, I don’t like the risk of having that happen the week before the Masters.

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