Phil back at it for WGC-Dell Match Play

Lefty returns to the course for a Masters tune-up

Lefty returns to the course this week after taking a short two-week break following six events in a seven-week period.

Most recently, Mickelson captured his 43rd career PGA TOUR victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship, defeating Justin Thomas in a sudden-death-playoff.  Mickelson entered the weekend in Mexico City at 5-under par, but shot up the leaderboard after a 6-under (65) moving day. He entered the final round as part of the final group, and defeated Justin Thomas in on the first hole of the sudden-death-playoff.

"I had confidence it was going to happen, and it means a lot to me to do it now… This certainly boosts my confidence and gives me a lot of encouragement on the things I've been working on,'' said Mickelson on his WGC-Mexico victory.

Lefty will look to carry that momentum over to this week as he returns to Austin, TX for the WGC-Dell Match Play.

While the majority of PGA TOUR events follow the stroke play format, the WGC-Dell Match Play allows players to experience a different format of competition: Match Play.

Starting on Wednesday, the field is divided into 16 foursomes. Each group plays round-robin matches within their group leading into the weekend. The player with the best record in each of the four player groups advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play, until one golfer is left. Lefty’s best finish at this event came in last year when he reached the quarterfinals.

Coming into the WGC-Dell, Mickelson has five top-10 finishes in seven starts this season, including three top-3s and his victory in Mexico. With the Masters only two weeks away, the WGC-Dell will be a great tune-up for Mickelson as he goes up against the top 64 players in the world.

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