Fourteen years after finishing second in the Pac-10 Championship – to a fellow named Paul Casey – Tim Mickelson showed Monday that he still has plenty of game.
Mickelson, the head coach at Arizona State and younger brother of PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson, teamed with former player Jake Yount to shoot 63 and qualify for the USGA Four-Ball Championship.
Mickelson and Yount’s score was the lowest among the 50 two-man teams who attempted to qualify at Poppy Hills in California.
Mickelson coached Yount, now 27, while he was the head coach at San Diego. They combined to make nine birdies in the best-ball format.
The Four-Ball finals will be held May 2-6 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
That’s ideal timing for Mickelson, whose Sun Devils are ranked 25th in the country. The Pac-12 Championship is scheduled to end on April 29, while NCAA regionals don’t begin until May 14.
The 37-year-old Mickelson already has USGA experience. He was a U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist in 2007 and 2010.