For obvious reasons, Mickelson, a 45-time PGA TOUR winner who won the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island earlier this year, becoming the oldest major champion in history, is unwilling to play full-time at PGA TOUR Champions.
“I hope to take the opportunity to play and compete here to keep my game sharp and to experience a few special moments on the regular tour like I had in May this year,” said Mickelson on the Sunday after the win of the Charles Schwab Cup championship with one stroke ahead of Steven Alker, the surprise success of the champions this season, with nine top 10s in his first 10 starts, to be completely excluded on the tour by 2022.
“If I could have a few more, it would really motivate me to work hard, hit the gym in the off-season, put in the time and effort to have those special moments. I would like a few more. And then they are also great. “
Regardless of how often Mickelson plays at PGA TOUR Champions in 2022, Champions veteran Paul Goydos is optimistic about the future of the tour.
“Our tour has never been in better shape,” said Goydos, whose last lap 63 was the lower lap on Sunday, putting him in seventh place.
During a phone interview this week, Goydos cited star power at PGA Tour Champions as driving fan interest and TV ratings. Seven World Golf Hall of Famers were represented in the Phoenix field of 35 last week: Langer, Mickelson, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie.
“I heard people say, ‘Why would Mickelson be on the Champions Tour?’ “Said Goydos. “Because we do. We like to play golf.
“I watched him in Phoenix last week and he worked as hard as anyone on his game. I think he’ll play a few more (champions) events next year. And at some point he will play there (full-time). “