Mickelson May Drop Out of Houston Open Due to Fans
The PGA Tour is set to welcome approximately 2,000 fans per day at the Vivint Houston Open in two weeks.
It is the second PGA Tour tournament to allow fans since the restart.
However, Phil Mickelson was not thrilled about it, and may withdraw from the tournament.
“I think that they will do a very good, safe job in having 2,000 people at the Houston Open. However, for me personally, I don’t like the risk that having that happen the week before the Masters. I just feel like the week before the Masters, like that’s a big tournament we have and I just don’t want to have any risk heading in there. So it has made me question whether or not I’ll play there,” said Mickelson on Wednesday during his Zozo press conference.
He added, “Because I haven’t seen it before, because it’s the first one out on the tour with some people, I’m unsure and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. I don’t go out to dinner, I don’t go out and socialize because I want to make sure that I have an opportunity to compete in the Masters.”
While Mickelson may drop out of the Houston Open, that does not mean he won’t be competing the week before The Masters, something he usually does.
Mickelson may head to the PGA Tour Champions tournament at Phoenix country Club to compete.
“If Phoenix does not have people, I’ll probably go there, to be honest. If they’re both going to have galleries, I’ll probably go to the Houston Open.”
However, according to Golf Digest, that tournament will have fans as well. Up to 350 club members per day.
While it seems unclear what Mickelson is going to do, it does raise the question.
Will other players take the same precautions heading into The Masters.