Mickelson 'a little bit behind' in prep at Austin CC


AUSTIN, Texas – The Wednesday start and new venue for the WGC-Dell Match Play means every player not named Jordan Spieth will be learning as they go this week.

Not surprisingly, Phil Mickelson said Tuesday that he feels “a little bit behind” with only one practice round at Austin Country Club.

“I feel like the nuances of the course are not sharp in my mind,” he said. “It’s hard to get a really clear picture of the shot you want to hit when you don’t know what it’s like around the greens and how the ball is going to react. So I’m a little bit behind.”

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Mickelson said that he tried to “cram in a quick round” Tuesday, but will study the course as he plays his three matches in pool play.

“Nobody is going to be really sharp on the golf course,” he said. “I don’t feel as prepared as I like heading into a tournament. But my game feels sharp. It’s the course knowledge that isn’t quite sharp.”

Mickelson hasn’t played since he finished fifth at Doral. It was his fourth top-11 finish in six starts this year.

Lefty says he hasn’t yet visited Augusta National in advance of this year’s Masters, but he plans to head there this weekend if he doesn’t make the knockout stage, or early next week before the Shell Houston Open