Hazeltine, here he comes.
World No. 2 Phil Mickelson on Tuesday night said he not only plans to play next week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, but will tee it up in the season’s final major, the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, which begins Aug. 13 in suburban Minneapolis.
Mickelson, who has spent the past few weeks helping tend to his ailing wife and mother, who both had breast-cancer surgery within days of one another, hasn’t played since finishing in a tie for second at the U.S. Open on June 22 and his schedule over the rest of the season was very much up in the air.
Until Tuesday, that is. Mickelson indicated he plans to play in the FedEx Cup season opener, The Barclays, at first-time site Liberty National outside New York City as well. It’s the first of four FedEx series events.
Mickelson said the family medical outlook looks promising, but offered no additional details about his wife, Amy, or mother, Mary, or how many events he will play following The Barclays. As it stands, he will play three times in four weeks, then recalibrate his schedule from there.
“I have had a great six weeks at home,” he said on his website Tuesday night. “Things are going very well and I am excited about the opportunity to start playing some tournaments again.
“I’ll play the Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship and The Barclays for sure, and if things continue to go well I’ll be able to play more.”
Mickelson finished T4 at Bridgestone and T7 at the PGA, an event he won in 2005.
Mickelson’s inclusion will give a needed jolt to all three events, especially since world No. 1 Tiger Woods is playing in the Bridgestone and PGA fields as well.