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Mickelson's schedule: Skip Riviera, add Honda?

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Phil Mickelson’s early-season schedule is starting to take shape.

The 43-year-old has said that he will scale back his schedule this year, but that won’t largely affect his first “six or seven months” of the season.

Lefty is making his 2014 debut this week in Abu Dhabi, then he will fly back home to make his first PGA Tour start at next week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. On Tuesday, he announced that he would defend his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before heading back to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, an event he won in 2012.

From there, Mickelson likely will skip the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, an event he has won twice (2008, ’09) and played every year since 2007. And he won’t play the WGC-Match Play, which conflicts with his kids’ spring break.

Mickelson is considering adding the Honda Classic to his schedule – he hasn’t played there since 2002 – before the WGC event at Doral. 

As for his pre-major prep, Mickelson said that he would play the Shell Houston Open a week before the Masters; the Memorial Tournament and St. Jude Classic, the two events preceding the U.S. Open; the Scottish Open a week before the Open; and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, held a week prior to the PGA.

“I don’t anticipate many changes to the first six, seven months of the year where I’m getting ready for the majors,” he said Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. “I’ve developed a way to bring out my best golf in those major championships, but I do need to be mindful of the fact that my performance started to tail off when I got tired towards the end and I have to make some adjustments.”