Mickelson recently told reporters he plans to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis the week before the Open at Pinehurst as a tuneup.
“I enjoyed and felt like playing Memphis the week before was very helpful for me to be ready,” said Mickelson, who added a sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open this past summer a week after taking second at St. Jude. “They are very similar grasses at Memphis as we have at Pinehurst, with the exception of the greens being bent at Pinehurst … so I plan to play Memphis.”
Mickelson added he intends to play The Memorial this season. The Memorial is contested May 29-June – a week before St. Jude and two before the Open. Mickelson said he typically likes playing a three-week stretch of tournaments entering majors, but said the Memorial/St. Jude/U.S. Open trifecta will be the only time he plays three weeks in succession this season.
It also sounds like Lefty will be a regular visitor to Pinehurst in the coming months.
“But I plan on having two weeks prior to the U.S. Open lead up, and I’ll have some time in Pinehurst prior to that,” Mickelson said.