Mickelson was critical of Torrey Pines North and says he plans to re-do the course.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Phil Mickelson hasn’t exactly gotten his 2012 season off to a fast start with a tie for 49th and a missed cut at last week’s Framers Insurance Open, a hometown event for the San Diego, Calif.-native who said he’s willing to re-design Torrey Pines’ North Course — for free.
In his Wednesday press conference at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mickelson expanded on that, and more. The highlights:
On where, at age 41, and on his way to World Golf Hall of Fame with 39 PGA TOUR wins, including four majors, Mickelson gets his motivation at this point in his career: “I love to compete. I’m excited about this year. I’m ready to play. I don’t know what happened last week,” he said. “My practice sessions have been really good. Bringing it from the practice session and bringing it out on the golf course, that’s my challenge right now. My putting feels terrific. I felt it was the last physical part of my game that needed some work, and it feels great.”
On his proposal to redesign Torrey Pines North: “It has been a dream of mine to turn that golf course into what I know it can be,” Mickelson said. “The first goal is to make it playable. It’s got to be playable for everybody. It’s a daily golf course, municipal golf course. Everybody has got to go out and enjoy it. The other thing is that the character is not being brought out right. The character of the canyons and the beauty of that place has not been pulled into the golf course. It’s been separated. The canyons are on one of the side of the golf course and then there’s been no integration.”
On what changes Mickelson will make: “The character that we bring out will try to enhance the natural beauty that’s already there,” he said. “Kind of a rough canyon look, if you will, where I’m going to make the hard holes harder, but I’m going to make the easy holes easier. I want guys having fun on some of these holes. The second hole is going to be moved up. We pretty much have it mapped out how we want to make it. I know the guys are going to love it because it’s going to be playing well. That’s the first goal.”
On who he thinks will win Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots: “Not sure yet,” MIckelson said. “That’s an interesting game. You look at it and you think, gosh, the Patriots look like a better team, but the Giants seem to beat them all the time.”