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The added length has left him less clubs to use on his approach shots, an advantage the short-game wizard can’t wait to bring to the course in competition.

He said his tee shots on the par-4 ninth hole have gotten to the bottom of the hill “and I haven’t been able to do that in years.”

Mickelson has had two top-10 finishes this year, including a victory in Phoenix. He thinks acknowledging his concerns will help him get past them over the next couple of days. Still, he’s not sure and knows he won’t have the answer to that until Thursday’s start.

“It’s always a challenge those first five or six holes,” he said, “when you haven’t been in competition to be really mentally focused and sharp.”