PHIL MICKELSON is feeling the pace after opting not to play a practice round before the Deutsche Bank Championship, starting today, and leaving his clubs untouched since he missed the cut at The Barclays last week.
The 44-year-old will probably need to play four FedEx Cup events in a row, with just weeks to go before the Ryder Cup, and a busy summer of golf has taken its toll.
''I'm in a bit of predicament, and the predicament is this,'' Mickelson said. ''The tour does not own their four or five largest revenue-producing events. We don't own the majors or the Ryder Cup. The FedEx Cup is really our flagship event. As a player that has received so much from the PGA Tour, there's an obligation there to support the FedEx Cup. So I want to play and I want to there.
''The tough thing for me is I don't ever play a month in a row outside the West Coast where I'm living at home.''
Mickelson is No.57 in the FedEx Cup going into the competition at TPC Boston with only 70 players going on to play at Cherry Hills.
''I may not be in next week,'' Mickelson said. ''I may not be in the Tour Championship, and I may not have to worry about playing four in a row. So we'll see.''
Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell have all taken a break this week event though the PGA Tour stacked the playoff events together to allow a week’s break before the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.