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Mickelson out at Match Play, heading to Augusta

AUSTIN, Texas — Phil Mickelson’s match with Jason Day on Friday was meaningless, with each gamers ending out the match earlier than clearing out of Austin Nation Membership.

However Mickelson was already wanting on the brilliant aspect — he was headed straight to Augusta Nationwide and the house of the Masters.

“I will go there now,” Mickelson mentioned after defeating Day 2 up on the third day of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship. “I will spend the following three or 4 days there and I am wanting ahead to it. It is the best week of the 12 months, it is the most effective week, greatest match.

“I am excited to get there and spend time.”

Tiger Woods will face Rory McIlroy on Saturday within the Spherical of 16 on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship, marking the primary time they’re going to meet in a match-play format.

Mickelson mentioned he had deliberate to be at Augusta Nationwide on Monday and Tuesday regardless, and that getting bumped from the Match Play occasion after going 1-2 is less complicated to take realizing he is headed to the place the place he has received the Masters thrice.

The Masters is April 11-14. Mickelson mentioned he would return to his San Diego residence after practising for a number of days earlier than going again for match week.

“That is why I’ve loved this match play if issues do not [go] properly,” he mentioned. “So it really works out. I get an additional day or two there.”

Mickelson, 48, who’s ranked 21st on the earth, has struggled since incomes his 44th PGA Tour victory on the AT&T Pebble Seashore Nationwide Professional-am in February.

Since then, he tied for 37th on the Genesis Open, tied for 39th on the WGC-Mexico Championship, and missed the lower on the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Gamers Championship.

Phil Mickelson mentioned he’s wanting ahead to spending time at Augusta after an early exit in Austin. “I will go have work week,” he mentioned. Stephen Spillman/USA TODAY Sports activities

This week, he misplaced to Henrik Stenson 2 and 1 and to Jim Furyk 1 up earlier than Friday’s victory over Day.

“This has been week to seek out out what I am doing properly, what I have to work on,” Mickelson mentioned. “I now have 10 days, 11 days to work on it. That is the nice factor that comes out of those matches. Plus you’ve the depth of a last spherical each time you tee off. It isn’t prefer it’s a 3rd day in an everyday match. You have to play properly to win, so you’ll be able to actually discover out what areas you want work.

“I actually wish to have had some higher finishes and go in there with some momentum, however the truth is I have been enjoying properly for essentially the most half this 12 months. I had some good issues this week come about and began to putt properly once more. I have never putted to the extent that I have been the previous couple of years, and in order that’s beginning to flip.

“And my [swing] velocity is up. I will go have work week, actually maximize my velocity and see if I can hit it lengthy and much at Augusta and hopefully straight.”

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