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The Tour Report

September 16 2012

1:00 PM

FedExCup preview: Phil Mickelson

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Phil Mickelson, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: Mickelson controls his own destiny for the FedExCup:
> If he wins the TOUR Championship he wins the FedExCup
> Has a reasonable chance of winning with a 2nd-place finish
> Can finish as low as a tie for fourth and still have a mathematical chance of winning

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SEASON IN REVIEW: The season began with tremendous promise as Mickelson, playing with Tiger Woods, fired a final-round 64 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the 40th victory in his PGA TOUR career. He nearly made it two in a row, losing in a playoff the following week at Riviera. Two months later, his bid to win a fourth Green Jacket was derailed by a triple bogey on the fourth hole Sunday at Augusta National. Mickelson only had one more top-10 until the Playoffs where he tied for fourth and second in successive weeks to vault into the FedExCup top five. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Mickelson's results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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FEC ranking after event




PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Mickelson has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is Mickelson's 16th start in the TOUR Championship, where he's finished in the top 10 five times and won twice (2009, 2000). He's shot in the 60s in 28 of 60 career rounds at East Lake.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Mickelson:
I think Phil plays best when his mind is occupied. He is totally engaged right now thanks to the "paint brush," his modified claw grip while putting. Mickelson has won at East Lake before and would be a good pick next week.

WATCH: Mickelson holds off Tiger with final-round 64 at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Phil Mickelson

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Mickelson will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?