Phil Mickelson goes for third straight PGA Champions Tour win

Phil Mickelson warms his hands after teeing off at the 10th hole during the Jose Cuervo Pro-Am at Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Phil Mickelson made history 30 years ago in Tucson, becoming one of seven amateurs to win a PGA Tour event since 1940.

Lefty is back in Arizona this weekend and he has a chance to stand alone in the record book.

A winner in his first two PGA Tour Champions starts, Mickelson could become the first player to win his first three starts on a PGA Tour-sanctioned tour this weekend in the Cologuard Classic at Tucson National.

“I think it’s going to be a tough challenge for me here because the course allows you to play it a lot of different ways,” Mickelson said Thursday. “Although I’m going to play it pretty aggressively, I’m going to bring in a lot of trouble, too. If I can kind of eliminate some of the big misses, I think I’m going to make a lot of birdies.”

Mickelson had no trouble at Tucson National and TPC Starr Pass in 1991, overcoming a triple bogey in the final round to win the Northern Telecom Open as a 20-year-old amateur. The former Arizona State player is still the last amateur to win a PGA Tour event.

Phil Mickelson gestures after playing a shot on the 6th fairway during the third round of the British Open at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, on July 16, 2016. (AP file photo)

Mickelson returns to the desert with a chance to make it 3 for 3 on the senior tour. He won at Ozarks National in Missouri last August in his first start after turning 50 and followed that up with a win at the Country Club of Virginia in October.

Should he win in Tucson, the quest to make more history might have to wait a while. The five-time major champion still believes he can compete on the PGA Tour and his upcoming schedule includes The Players Championship, Honda Classic, Masters and possibly the Valero Texas Open.


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