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Derek Ernst wound up beating David Lynn for the title.

Mickelson was asked how much he’d like to add this tournament to his list of victories.

“It’s certainly up there,” he said. “There’s another one right down the road that means a lot as well. But this really is one of the premiere events we have on the PGA Tour and one of the premiere courses, and I’m so excited about how the greens turned out.”

Still, the field is not as strong as usual. Mickelson (No. 9) and Justin Rose (No. 10) are the only players from the top 10 in the world. It was in 2007 when Quail Hollow attracted the entire top 10 and 27 of the top 30 in the world.

Mickelson believes that will change.

“The first year, you’ve got to cut it a little bit of slack because the greens are going to be new and not as receptive,” he said. “But still, they were just fabulous, and as time goes on, it’s going to be better and better.”