Travel has been heavily restricted everywhere in recent months but while you’ve got the opportunity I feel you could do worse than hop onto the Phil Mickelson InterCity at River Highlands this week.
Big Phil has been reeling off wins in some shape or form for nearly as long as the magnificent locomotive was introduced into service in 1976 and he can out run his odds of 125-1 on a course he’s tasted dual success at.
The Connecticut layout, redesigned by Pete Dye in 82 and again in 89 by Bobby Weed, has been a happy hunting ground for the man – who recently turned 50 – with back-to-back wins in 2000 and 2001.
True, that was a long time ago but remember he’s been away from River Highlands for a dog’s age with last year’s missed cut his first appearance there for 16 years. Last year a topsy turvy 67, 76 did for his chances of making the weekend but I feel he’ll be strongly minded to make amends for that.
Don’t worry too much about his missed cut in Fort Worth earlier this month. A 69 followed by a 71 saw him miss out by a single shot.
There should be plenty of adrenaline and motivation flowing through his veins on the first tee later as he plays with Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. Lefty will be keen to show those particular athletes that he’s still a force to be reckoned with, particularly on a course that his playing partners will not be able to overpower like so many today.
The par 70 track that measures 6,841 yards has also borne witness to two victories for fellow southpaw Bubba Watson. It’s no coincidence the two left handers have prospered here. They are two of the best shot shapers the game has ever seen and it is an advantage to be able to work the ball both ways around the Cromwell track’s meandering corridors.
I’d rather be taking Phil at 125-1 than Bubba at 28-1. Go on the InterCity. Good luck.