American Express – Phil Mickelson begins 12 months with swing coach as caddie
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Phil Mickelson has employed his brother Tim as a full-time caddie for the higher a part of three years. They’ve gained two PGA TOUR titles in that span – the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship, and the 2019 AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am.
Mickelson is about for his first TOUR begin since November at this week’s The American Express, contested in his native California. Tim has been awarded the week off, with Mickelson’s swing teacher Andrew Getson filling in.
The depart of absence is for good cause: Tim and his spouse Maranda expect their first little one imminently.
“Today is Jan. 20, and it’s their due date for their baby boy,” Mickelson stated. “With Palm Springs being a two-hour drive away, and the lack to affix your spouse if you happen to’re not together with her while you go into the hospital at delivery, he needs to be there together with her.
“I just know that the birth of any children, especially your first, is the most emotional experience that you could possibly share, and there’s no sense to take any risk. He’s at home with his wife; they’re due any minute, any day, and I’m excited for them.”
Getson, who additionally stuffed in ultimately 12 months’s Genesis Invitational, was the logical alternative. The duo has labored collectively for five-plus years.
“On Tuesday, he was Thursday-ready,” Mickelson stated. “His game is sharp, he is working hard, he’s going to be a great caddie, and I’m appreciative of him stepping in to take over for my brother.”
Phil Mickelson is now in his second 12 months as host of this storied occasion, now in its seventh decade and sparked by Bob Hope’s imaginative and prescient. The 50-year-old projected a relaxed demeanor in Wednesday’s session with the media, joking with reporters about their ‘quarantine beards’ and expressing appreciation for the chance to compete amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mickelson final appeared on the 2020 Masters, ending T55, and goals to construct on a 75th-place exhibiting in final 12 months’s FedExCup. His greatest end in 2020 was a T2 on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational final August, and he additionally gained every of his two appearances on PGA TOUR Champions.
The 44-time TOUR winner admits that his schedule might gravitate towards PGA TOUR Champions later within the season if he struggles to contend on TOUR. For now, although, he’s dedicated to competing on TOUR into his 50s.
As his nephew readies to enter the world, Mickelson readies to chase his third title (2002, 2004) within the California desert.
“My love of the game of golf is high, and my desire to compete and play against the best players is high,” Mickelson stated. “I discover myself simply internally motivated due to my like to compete and my like to attempt to deliver out one of the best in me.
“I’ve actually had a good offseason, where I haven’t had as much time off as I normally would take, because it’s been so much shorter. I feel like I’ve made a few good strides, and I’m excited to start the year and see if I’m able to continue playing at the highest level.”
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