Fantasy Golf 2013: This Will Be The Year Of Phil Mickelson

By Adam McGill
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson is easily one of the best golfers to ever pick up a golf bag. The Arizona State University prodigy has enjoyed a historic career and is one of the most notable names in golf.  Mickelson is currently ranked ninth all-time with a jaw-dropping 40 career PGA victories; including three wins at The Masters (2004, 2006, and 2010) and one career PGA Championship (2005).

However, in 2012 Mickelson switched back to a conventional putter and it appeared to take a toll on his overall performance. Mickelson struggled in the early part of the year to even make par and had a very disappointing fantasy golf season in general. Lefty only won one tournament in his 22 PGA appearances, and this marks his third consecutive season in which he only won a single tournament all year. Fantasy golf fans have been frustrated to no end with the superstar.

On a positive note, towards the end of the season the savvy vet really started to swing the club beautifully. Mickelson finally put his frustration aside and was methodical with his club selection; two signs that Lefty was finally back.

In Mickey’s last four PGA tournaments, he recorded a fourth place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a second place finish at the BMW Championship, a fifteenth place finish at the TOUR Championship, and another second place finish at the World Golf Championships.

Mickelson appears to be much calmer heading into the 2013 season, so fantasy owners should rest assured that Lefty will be back this year. He is more of a sleeper this season than he has been in the past and will be looking to put some more trophies up on his mantle. Mickelson should be the fantasy top pick in every tournament he participates in this season.

This will be the year that Mickelson turns it around and finally gets to put on one of those infamous colored jackets for fantasy owners.


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