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Mickelson hones game at Butler National

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LEMONT, Ill. – Phil Mickelson’s record at Cog Hill isn’t very impressive, but he isn't exactly trying to better familiarize himself with the course’s nuances.

Mickelson will tee it up Thursday in the BMW Championship without having played a practice round on Cog Hill this week.

Mickelson didn’t even use the range at Cog Hill Wednesday after being “shifted out” of the pro-am. He chose, instead, to practice off site per his big event custom. He spent the day working at Butler National in nearby Oak Brook.

In 11 PGA Tour starts at Cog Hill, Mickelson doesn’t have a single top-10 or top-20 finish. His best finish is a tie for 26th in 1996.

Mickelson was “shifted out” of the BMW Championship pro-am by the Western Golf Association, which runs the event. The WGA elected to use Mickelson to entertain donors and sponsors of its Evans Scholars Foundation in a BMW skybox after one of his rounds this week. The pro-am “shift out” is a new option tournaments have as part of the PGA Tour’s new value-sponsor program this year, according to Vince Pellegrino, the WGA's vice president of tournaments.