Phil Mickelson Explains Why He Prefers Competing on the Senior Tour Than Regular PGA Tour Events

Published 10/12/2021, 10:03 AM EDT
JERSEY CITY, NJ – AUGUST 19: Phil Mickelson of the United States on the 18th tee during the first round of the Northern Trust golf tournament on August 19, 2021 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Earlier this year, Phil Mickelson made his PGA TOUR Champions debut. He won the PGA Championship, played at the Northern Trust, and made his debut a week later at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. His latest event was the inaugural Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS, which he won with a 15-under 201 score.

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However, while speaking with the media after his recent win, Mickelson opened up about his PGA TOUR Champions experience. While he has been playing on the tour for months only, he seems to prefer the events over the regular PGA Tour. Mickelson has been performing well, securing three wins out of the four events he has played.

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Here’s why Phil Mickelson prefers playing PGA TOUR Champions events

“I don’t feel like there are tournaments on the regular tour that are really exciting me to get out and play, so it’s fun for me to get out here and work on a few things that I’m trying to improve on and play with guys that I know,” Mickelson said after his recent win. “I know all these guys here”. 

To Mickelson, it seems like playing his game amongst people he is familiar with is much more exciting. With many young golfers joining the PGA Tour, Mickelson admitted to not knowing everyone there.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – MAY 23: Phil Mickelson smiles with the Wanamaker Trophy after his two stroke victory in the final round of the PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The 51-year-old gave some rain delay examples, explaining how he knows everyone in the PGA TOUR Champions locker room. “On the regular tour there’s so many new, young, fresh players, I don’t know who two-thirds of them are”. 

Mickelson’s impressive PGA TOUR Champions performance

Out of the four events he has played, Mickelson has won three. His most recent win came from the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS at the Timuquana Country Club, which earned him $300,000 as prize money. The only dip in his performance was the Cologuard Classic, where he finished T20. Naturally, the 45-time PGA Tour winner is happy with how his game is progressing.

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“It’s a good start. I’m having fun, I’m having fun playing here,” he said, adding that he is having fun playing with the guys and the courses.

Mickelson knows that he can recover after making a mistake or two. Whereas on the regular tour, such mistakes will most likely cost you your standings. “I like how you don’t have to be perfect and I can get away with a shot or two here or there, so it makes it fun to play and play aggressive”. 

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OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND – AUGUST 26: Phil Mickelson of the United States walks on the first hole during the first round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club on August 26, 2021 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Having said that, Mickelson is in no way stepping away from the PGA Tour, especially after winning a major this year. He wants to perform well on both tours, as one tour would benefit the other for him. His next PGA TOUR Champions event will be later this month in Virginia Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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