Phil Mickelson is heading into this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on something of a roll.
The world number ten is fresh from picking up his third Phoenix Open last weekend and it seems like he enjoys the events where there is an element of fun.
He also has a great record at the Pro-Am event, where he has four wins to his name, second only to Mark O’Meara, who has claimed five in his illustrious career. Mickelson on a roll is a very dangerous animal indeed and he’ll be itching to tie his pal at the top of the all-time winners list.
Another win, or at least a good performance, will see the lefty continue his momentum in the new season, something he struggled to generate in 2012.
We doubt Mickelson will be concentrating on the form of the celebs at the event, which include Wayne Gretzky, Carson Daly, Andy Garcia, Billy Murray, Chris O’Donnell, Ray Romano and Andy Roddick.
With Phil going into an event he clearly loves in great form, we’ve made him 13/2 favourite to lift the trophy for the fifth time, with Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker set to be his toughest challenges at 9/1 and 12/1.
While their attentions will definitely be on this week’s event – there is a prize over $1 million dollars after all – you get the feeling these tournament are all a run up to the first major of the season, The Masters at Augusta National.
Funnily enough, it’s another place that Mickelson likes and performs well. He has three green jackets hanging in his cupboard from 2004, 2006 and 2010.
But he’s never managed to win both tournaments in the same year, with his AT&T wins coming in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012.
So this week could make or break Mickelson’s challenge for The Masters this season. If he wins at Pebble Beach he’ll be up against it in Georgia when April rolls around and he’ll need to refocus on the major like he has never done before.
The lefty is currently 10/1 third favourite with Paddy Power to add to his green jacket collection, behind the big two – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – who are 11/2 and 6/1 respectively.
Whatever happens this week in California, we’ll see Mickelson in the mix for the Masters as he just seems to pull something extra out of the bag when the big tournaments come round.