Harmon dismisses Phil's poor 2014 record heading into Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Butch Harmon knows enough about Augusta National and Phil Mickelson to know that when it comes to Lefty and the year’s first major – statistics lie.

For the first time in his career Mickelson will motor down Magnolia Lane without a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour (he did finish second in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour), but Harmon wasn’t concerned with his man’s lack of form.

“It makes no difference what Phil’s record is coming here, he has the imagination to play this golf course,” Harmon said.

Mickelson withdrew from the Valero Texas Open with an ailing back two weeks ago but finished tied for 12th last week in Houston and Harmon said the injury shouldn’t be a factor this week.

“He said last week it was the first time he hadn’t had any pain,” Harmon said.