Tiger is out, but Nissan list Phil’d

first_imgPulchinski didn’t find out about Woods’ absence – officially anyway – until PGA Tour officials faxed the list. Of course, he didn’t know about Mickelson, either. And that was OK with him. “I don’t necessarily need to get a telephone call from (Woods) or his agent explaining to me why,” Pulchinski said. “I don’t feel I need that. It’s not just him, it’s any player. In the years that Phil didn’t play, no one was calling me from Phil’s camp. I don’t take any offense to that. That’s the way the business of golf is. It doesn’t bother me at all.” [email protected] (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The tournament has a gaping hole without Woods, the world’s No. 1 player. But the consolation for organizers and fans is that the tournament has eight of the top nine ranked players in the world. Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Mickelson, John Daly and others will tee it up on Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Mickelson hasn’t played at Riviera since 2001, when he was 5-over par and missed the cut. “I’m starting to play well, so I want to play a little more,” Mickelson said from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am. “I want to try to get in contention a couple more times because I wasn’t in contention the first three weeks. That’s why I wanted to do it. Also, I’m real excited about how I’m driving the ball and Riviera is a course where you have to drive the ball well. I haven’t played the best there in the past.” Mickelson, who lives in San Diego, said he’ll fly back and forth so he can spend time with his kids. That’s a considerable amount of travel, although he’ll be flying on a private jet. Tiger Woods isn’t playing at the Nissan Open, but Phil Mickelson is in the field. Tournament organizers weren’t shocked when Woods’ name was not on the commitment list, but they were surprised to see Mickelson included. center_img Usually, Phil’s out and Tiger’s in. This year, Tiger’s out and Phil’s in. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Tom Pulchinski, the tournament director. “(Mickelson) normally doesn’t play. We’re normally not on his regular schedule. I haven’t heard anything about why he is playing, but I’m glad he is.” last_img


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