PALM Seashore GARDENS — Phil Mickelson is currently being restricted-lipped about his potential shift to South Florida.
The Hall of Fame golfer was noted to be setting up a home on Jupiter Island but stated Saturday he has nevertheless to start off design.
Though Mickelson stated “the plan” is to go in this article, he also said he needed to “hold off” on conversing about his motive for the final decision. “A ton of great things close to the location,” was all he would say.
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When questioned if he even now could make the transfer from his household in Rancho Santa Fe, California, to Florida this summer time, Mickelson, 50, reported: “We’re looking at that as an alternative. We nevertheless have to create. We have a whole lot. We haven’t created on it still.”
Mickelson, though, seems to be experiencing his 7 days in the space considering the fact that arriving for the Honda Typical. Soon after capturing a 69 Saturday, he praised the Champion course.
“This golf course, circumstances, set up-wise, like it truly is so properly carried out that you received a large amount of options,” Mickelson explained. “It’s playable, it is really hard, it really is complicated, I necessarily mean it can be truly, actually great. It can be been a satisfaction to engage in for the reason that, even as the circumstances have gotten a lot more tricky, it is however playable. You can participate in it with angles, distinctive — it’s just really very well accomplished.”
Mickelson birdied Nos. 11 and 12 to shoot a 33 on the again nine. He has rebounded from an opening spherical 71 to shoot a 68 and 69, placing him at 2-under entering Sunday’s remaining spherical. This is Mickelson’s fourth physical appearance at the Honda, and he has in no way completed larger than 17th.
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Mickelson, who has received five majors among the his 44 PGA Tour championships, thinks the weekend will help him put together for the Masters, which is in three weeks.
“Because the tough is extra like Augusta initially slash, what it does is it permits you to, initially of all, get completely ready for the Masters, which I believe is seriously interesting of them to do, and then second it enables you to enjoy angles into some of these challenging pins that are tucked,” Mickelson claimed. “And when you get a difficult wind like this you even now have a probability to enjoy it. Even if you miss out on a shot below or there you can fight your way and test to salvage a par. I just assume it truly is a brilliantly conditioned and set up golf training course.”
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In the Honda Classic’s virtually 5-ten years record, there is just a single back again-to-back winner, Jack Nicklaus.
It will consider an remarkable effort from reigning champion Sungjae Im to alter that. The South Korean, who received the 2020 tournament soon in advance of the globe shut down owing to the coronavirus pandemic, is 5 photographs behind leader Matt Jones.
But Im is executing superior than many previous champions, which include 2019 winner Keith Mitchell (tied for 55th), 2017 winner Rickie Fowler (tied for 66th) and 2016 winner Adam Scott (tied for 27th).
Nicklaus really received a few straight titles, from 1976-1978, back when the tournament was termed Tournament Players Championship (1976) and then the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Basic (1977-1978)