Phil Mickelson is quite excited to compete at the Charles Schwab Challenge, which gets under way at the Colonial Country Club next week.
After more than two action-less months, the PGA Tour will finally return to the courses in the first instalment of its revised season schedule.
Mickelson, a two-time winner of the event, is enthusiastic about golf’s return after playing in The Match: Champions for Charity alongside Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady two weeks ago.
‘This is the best shape that I’ve been in. I feel like I’ve had a really good last few months to get my game back and be sharp. I’m excited to go play,’ Mickelson said recently on The Dan Patrick Show.
The five-time Major champion claimed his 44th victory on the PGA Tour last year when he cruised to a composed win at the At&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and is excited to see what the new dawn for golf entails during these testing times.
‘The thing that I’m excited about seeing the PGA TOUR return is what this could do for the game of golf,’ Mickelson said on his Callaway Golf Podcast.
‘Because right now the courses where I’m playing in San Diego and Arizona, they’re packed because people are wanting to get outside, they want to do sports, [and] they want to hang with their friends. And the only place to do it safely is on the golf course.
‘I have a feeling that the summer rounds are going to skyrocket, hopefully we’ll get a lot of new golfers or people who only play once or twice a year playing a few times a week maybe, or a month.
‘We are going to see a lot more people walking. I’ve noticed that our clubs, without carts, everybody is walking, enjoying the time … this could be a thing that helps the game of golf because it offers something during this pandemic that other sports don’t – which is a safe environment to be with your friends, and be interactive and have some competition and some camaraderie,’ added the 49-year-old.