Golf Channel and CBS certainly hyped up the probability of Phil Mickelson winning the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, citing the fact that he has converted over 80% of his outright 54-hole leads. The fact is that the 45 year old Mickelson was (and still is) in the longest drought of his career. He has not won in the past 2 seasons and was seeking to reestablish himself as a relevant in the conversation of best players currently playing the PGA Tour; not just a hall-of-famer. While this loss to Vaughn Taylor may sting for the big lefty, his eyes are still fixed on Augusta where he finished surprisingly, under the radar, tied for second. Left-handers have enjoyed a very good record in recent years at The Masters and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. Those in the Mickelson camp are very excited about getting into contention on a weekly basis and seeing the swing changes have a positive correlation with Phil’s finishes on the leaderboard. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of coverage of Phil on Sunday at Augusta this year.