WHO: Phil Mickelson
WHAT: Masters preparation
WHERE: TPC at Sugarloaf
WHEN: BellSouth Classic
Some pros griped about the Monday finish at the BellSouth but not Mickelson. He says playing the week before a major helps him stay sharp, so having only two days instead of three between rounds is a bonus. If Lefty is going to contend this week, he'll have to be on his toes at the spots I've listed.
As an assistant pro at the National from 1989 to '92, I played more than 100 rounds there, with a best of 65. Here are the pivotal locations at the Masters.
1. Number 1 was the hardest hole last year. The key is to avoid the long, deep fairway bunker on the right.
2. The front-left pin is the hardest hole location on the course. The narrow opening on the front left of the green is sloped and only 10 yards wide.
3. Wedge control is mandatory. Miss your target on the short approach by as little as a yard on this shallow, elevated and slanted green, and you're lucky to make par.