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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Debut of Phil

Yes, today he swaggers back into the spotlight. At least, we hope he's swaggering and not just struggling with pain. Since we haven't seen him in a while, are we really sure what we're going to see?

It's Phil!This is Phil Mickelson's first time back at the Humana Challenge, AKA the tournament previously known as the Hope, since 2007. Personally courted by former President Clinton, Phil (along with Greg Norman) is reportedly giving the revamped tourney a ticket boost it hasn't seen in years.

Back to the swagger: The word is that Phil is trying a new approach this year. Butch Harmon says Phil is taking a less mechanical approach to his game this year -- that should be fun to watch! -- and has even enlisted a sports psychologist (Julie Elion) to help him putt better. (In case you're interested, here's her website.)

Of course, since Phil is the leading money winner at the Hope, it'll be interesting to see how he does this week. As a general rule, when Phil has gotten an early start and played well, he's had a pretty good year. We may get to see him for a little bit in the broadcast window today since his tee time is listed as 8:50am PT (that's 11:50am ET). He's scheduled to start on the La Quinta Country Club course, the longest of the three courses being used. (At 7060 yards and listed at par 72, you can guess there'll be some low scores.)

If you want to get more info on the event, you can check out this article at Golf.com by Cameron Morfit. (The photo's from that article as well.) GC's broadcast window starts at 3pm ET.

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