Mickelson to skip usual stops Pebble, Riviera

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Phil Mickelson announced on his website recently that he will skip two of his favorite West Coast events to spend more time with his family. 

Mickelson will miss the Feb. 12-15 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time in 21 years, followed by the Feb. 19-22 Northern Trust Open, where in the past eight years he has a win and two other runners-up.

“Those are two of my favorite events, two of my favorite courses,” he said on his website, “but with the kids in two schools with different spring breaks, I’ll take that time off. They’ve accommodated my schedule enough over the years. It’s time for me to accommodate theirs.”

Four of the past five years, he has skipped the WGC-Match Play because it conflicted with his kids’ schedule, but that event has been moved to early May. 

Mickelson has played Pebble every year since 1995. He is a four-time winner there, most recently in 2012.

Lefty will play three consecutive weeks to open his season. He makes his 2015 debut next week at the Humana Challenge, followed by the Phoenix Open and Farmers Insurance Open.

“I love that format,” he said, “because it gives me a full week away from the game and a full week to prepare for events, and three in a row gives me enough time to get into a good rhythm.”