Mickelson seeks to build on Open win


AKRON, United States: Phil Mickelson will try to maintain momentum and Tiger Woods will try to build some at the Bridgestone Invitational, an elite World Golf Championships event that is also a last tuneup for the PGA Championship.

Mickelson and Woods will both tee it up for the first time since the British Open, where Mickelson walked off with the Claret Jug while Woods was again unable to add to his tally of 14 major titles.

“It has been really a fun time,” Mickelson said of the days since he lifted the trophy at Muirfield. “I’m just excited every day that I’ve got the Claret Jug and I get to look at it every day.”

Like Woods, Mickelson said he was looking forward to a busy stretch of high-profile events.

“We have some big tournaments coming up. We’ve got the big event here, a World Golf Championship, we’ve got the PGA next week, and our FedEx Cup. So it’s a lot of golf left.

Mickelson hasn’t won at Firestone Golf Club since 1996, when he captured the NEC World Series of Golf.

Woods, who had pocketed four US PGA Tour titles before the end of May to regain the world number one ranking, has notched seven victories at Firestone. It would seem to be just the place for him to sharpen his game for a last major bid of 2013, at Oak Hill next week.

“I feel comfortable on this golf course, and I think that’s the key,” Woods said. “I’ve played it when it’s been baked out and fast and is hard and other times when it’s soft and slow. And the guys are saying it’s a little bit softer right now, but the greens are up to speed.”



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