New schedule allows Mickelson to return to Byron Nelson


IRVING, Texas – Phil Mickelson is competing in the Byron Nelson Championship for the first time since finishing in a share of third place in 2007 – and it has everything to do with its place on the calendar.

“I've always loved this tournament, I love what the Nelson family has done,” he said Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the last few years it's been a scheduling thing.”

The tournament switched places with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this year, leading Mickelson to pick one Dallas-Fort Worth event over the other.

“Having won there, you know, I have a lot of fond memories and special feeling for Colonial,” he said, “but the course doesn't suit my game anymore, and I'm not sure what that means.”