Phil Mickelson is making his second appearance in the Greenbrier Classic, to be played July 5-8, 2012, at the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. In 2011 he and his family enjoyed the white water rafting, laser tag, falconry, and other activities offered at the Greenbrier Resort. On the golf course, however, opening with an even par 70 and following with a three-over 73 in the second round, Phil missed the 36-hole cut.
Interviewed after playing in the Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Mickelson said he did not feel good about how he played at the 2011 Greenbrier, and that this time he will be focused on golf. When not distracted, Phil Mickelson has been one of the greatest golfers of the modern era, which is one reason why he may be lifting the 2012 Greenbrier winner's trophy on Sunday, July 8th.
Hall of Famer: With 40 career wins on the PGA Tour, including four major championships, Mickelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year. He ranks in the top 10 all-time in PGA victories, most recently claiming the AT&T Pebble Beach National in February.
2012 PGA Tour Performance: While some say Phil Mickelson has struggled on Tour in 2012, most players would be very happy to trade for his performance record. In addition to victory at Pebble Beach, he finished second a week later in the Northern Trust Open. April brought a fourth place finish in the Shell Houston Open and third place in the Masters Tournament. Overall he has five top 10 finishes in 14 events played.
Playing Partners: For the first two rounds of the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, Phil Mickelson will be in a threesome that includes the winner's of the two prior events at the Old White TPC. Stuart Appleby, made the 2010 Greenbrier his ninth career win on Tour, shooting a magical 11-under par score of 59 in the final round. Scott Stallings won the 2011 Greenbrier as a Tour rookie. Paying attention to Appleby and Stallings, may help Mickelson play the Old White TPC course.
Tiger Killer?: Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, fresh off his 74th career Tour victory at Congressional Country Club. Phil Mickelson is one of the few in the field who have had success against Tiger, head-to-head, with a championship on the line. When the two were paired together in the final round at Pebble Beach, in February, it was no contest. At day's end, it was Phil Mickelson who had played bogey-free golf to shoot an 8-under par 64 and claim his 40th career PGA Tour victory, while Tiger Woods suffered five bogeys on the way to a 3-over par 75.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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