Spring-break fever: Mickelson will skip Match Play
Sunday, January 22, 2012
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Golf's 65th-ranked player will get a spot in next month's WGC-Accenture Match Play after Phil Mickelson said that he will be skipping the event for the third time in the event's history.
Mickelson, playing in the Humana Challenge for the first time in five years, has a conflict with his children’s spring break and, as in the past, will take the week off to vacation with his three children and wife, Amy, during the Feb. 22-26 Match Play.
“I'm going to end up missing the Match Play this year as we're going to go on a family trip,” Mickelson, No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said Sunday after completing his third round here. “So as I miss that tournament, it was easier to add this one, too.”
Mickelson has had limited success in the Match Play, advancing as far as the quarterfinals just once, in 2004. However, the rest of the West Coast and Hawaii early in the season has been good to him. Mickelson has won 17 of his 39 Tour titles before the circuit hits Florida.
Mickelson plans on playing everything on the West Coast leading up to the Match Play: the upcoming Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, followed by the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open.