Masters champ Mickelson joining Tiger in Charlotte

Masters champ Mickelson joining Tiger in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will be right there when Tiger Woods tees it up again.

This time, the two will square off at the Quail Hollow Championship.

A day after Woods announced that the Charlotte event will be his second tournament since his return from a sex scandal, Masters champion Mickelson committed to play on Friday. The tournament begins April 29 at Quail Hollow Club. Mickelson edged Woods and the rest of the field on Sunday to win his third title at Augusta National.

“Phil has been a very positive ambassador of our tournament for many years now and we are excited to have him back in Charlotte,” tournament director Kym Hougham said.

Woods finished tied for fourth at the Masters in his first competition since a shocking infidelity scandal. His first sanctioned PGA Tour event will include not only the world’s two highest-ranked golfers, but also No. 4 Lee Westwood, No. 6 Jim Furyk and No. 10 Padraig Harrington.

Retief Goosen, Hunter Mahan, Kenny Perry and defending champion Sean O’Hair have also committed ahead of the April 23 deadline.

Mickelson has played at Quail Hollow five times. He hasn’t won, but has four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth last year. Woods finished fourth in the event in 2009 and won it two years earlier.

Ticket sales have picked up since Woods’ announcement. The tournament announced that second-round daily tickets sold out Friday, a day after third-round tickets were sold out.

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