Phil Mickelson will play at Humana Challenge January 16 2012

Phil Mickleson will start his 2012 season at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, La Quinta California. This used to be the much loved Bob Hope Invitational tournament, which now part sponsored by the  Bill Clinton Foundation. I wonder who is the funnier, Bob or Bill, they seemed to get away with murder, Bob with some of those Road movies and Bill with his highly advertised dodgy deals and extramarital affairs.  Mickelson will compete against other notables in the field, Anthony Kim, Dustin Johnson, and Greg Norman, all vying for the $900,000 first place prize. Phil suffered with some missed short putts and inconsistency with his famed 64 degree wedge. His coach Butch Harmon, spent a little time with Phil this winter and says that Mickelson is trying to free up his game.  He does not want be as technical, he wants to enjoy the game more, and be stress free on the golf course. Sounds like some good advice for all of us, have fun out there, after all we are only trying to lower our handicaps, not win millions. Phil  is now 41 years old and has been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis which has been giving him pain in his ankles. He is determined to add to his  three Masters Green Jackets and one PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy. The two most coveted prizes are a U. S. Open and a British Open to complete a career grand slam. He ill also be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this year a set of major wins would go nicely with this honor. Phil Mickelson has 39 PGA Tour wins and will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2012. Michael Cohen/Getty Images HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 03: Phil Mickelson walks on the 11th fairway during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club on April 3, 2011 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)