Mickelson to play Memphis for 1st time since '09

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Phil Mickelson is altering his strategy for the run-up to the U.S. Open.

Mickelson on Monday committed to play the Fedex St. Jude Classic, an event he has played only twice previously and not since 2009. He missed the cut in 2001 and was T-59 in ’09.

Mickelson joins defending champion Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Ian Poulter among the early commitments for the event, to be held June 6-9 at TPC Southwind in Memphis. 

“What can you say that hasn’t already been said about Phil Mickelson,” tournament director Phil Cannon said in a release. “He’s one of the all-time greats in our sport, and we’re ecstatic that he’s chosen to play our tournament again.”

Mickelson prefers to play the week before a major, though he chose not to before the Masters. He made his usual appearance at the Shell Houston Open, but that tournament fell a week earlier than usual because of a schedule change. 

Now, Lefty will likely play two consecutive events before arriving at Merion for the U.S. Open.