SAN DIEGO — During Phil Mickelson's press conference Tuesday, he said, "I like this golf course because it tests not only your long game, but also your short game."
Hearing that made me wonder if Mickelson would elect to carry five wedges in his bag as he did recently in his win at Colonial. So I asked, and here's what he had to say. "I can't use five wedges here, it's
too long. I could drive it as much as I want and I'd never have wedge
on any of those par 4s. I had to take out at least one wedge. I'm
debating on a second, but my sand wedge won't be in the bag. That will
leave a bit of an interesting predicament if I have — if I get to No.
18 [a 573-yard par 5] and I have to lay up. I'm either going to get really close to the
lake or I'm going to have to play back a little more to get to my gap
wedge. There won't be a problem on 13 [a 614-yard par 5] because the layup area goes to where a
gap or pitching wedge would be. There will be a little issue on 9 [a 612-yard par 5], but
I don't foresee that as a problem. Those are the three areas of concern
with my wedges because I can't get wedge into any of the par 4s, other
than 2 [389 yards], and even that I can't get more than a pitching or a gap." Phil uses Callaway X Forged Chrome Mack Daddy wedges. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) More on Mickelson:
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