Phil Mickelson will travel to Asia this month and play in tournaments in South Korea and China, while making his first-ever visit to the Chinese city of Macao.
This week, Lefty will play the third-annual CJ Cup at Nine Bridges which will be played on South Korea’s Jeju Island. This will be Phil’s first time competing in the tournament.
Following the CJ Cup, Lefty will be a guest of Las Vegas Sands in Macao, China. The visit will be highlighted with a youth clinic conducted by Phil and fellow golfer, Li Haoting. Haoting is a Chinese native born in Hunan, and his rising popularity is a great compliment to Phil’s immense global following.
“I’m honored to join Las Vegas Sands and especially excited to share my passion for golf with young athletes in the dynamic and vibrant city of Macao,” said Mickelson. “Golf has taught me so many lessons about the importance of sportsmanship, respect, and commitment, and I look forward to sharing those important values with the young people during my visit.”
Phil’s Asia tour will continue later this month on October 31 where he will compete at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, a tournament where Mickelson reigned victorious in 2007 and 2009. Phil won the first of two HSBC Champions in exciting fashion as the 2007 tournament went to a three-way playoff with Ross Fisher and Lee Westwood. Phil went on to birdy the second playoff hole and win the title. The HSBC Champions became a World Golf Champions event in 2009 and saw Phil claim his second title in Shanghai. Phil’s three-under 69, and 17-under par tournament total was enough to surpass runner-up Ernie Els and become a two-time winner.
Phil is looking to make a statement with his game in Asia with the hope of being selected for the Presidents Cup coming up in December. He is looking to continue an incredible streak of being named to 24 consecutive Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams intact. he last time he wasn’t on a team representing the United States in either competition was 1993.
Lefty is certainly motivated to get there.
“The challenge of playing golf at the highest level brings out the best in me,” Mickelson said in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. “It forces me to get in the best shape, forces me to work hard and to focus on something positive, improving my game. It gives me a direction, and it’s been a big part of my life and I love it.”