Mickelson eyes fifth win at Pebble

06 February 2018 04:36:31 EST

Phil Mickelson feels his game is trending in the right direction as he heads to his home State of California to try and rack up another win in the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Pebble Beach on the spectacular Monterey coast has been the scene of four his 42 PGA Tour wins, those victories coming in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012.

Now 20 years on from the first of those triumphs, the left-hander believes he can make it number five after a promising display in last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Mickelson finished tied fifth at the Arizona event although could have finished higher but for a double bogey at the final hole on Sunday.

Looking ahead to the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am which is played over three different tracks before the finale at Pebble Beach itself, the five-time major champion said after signing his card in Phoenix: "It's a collection of courses I really like. I've played well on them in the past and I'm hoping to build on this week's performance. There's no reason why I shouldn't.

"My game's gotten better each week, my focus is getting better each week," added Mickelson, who, prior to his top five in Phoenix, started the season with a missed cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge before improving to tied 45th at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

"This shouldn't just be a one week deal, I should be getting better and better as the weeks go on."

One extra incentive for the 2013 Open winner is that he's in danger of slipping outside the world's top 50 for the first time since 1993, a run started when Jordan Spieth was just four months old.

He touched 49th at the start of last week but jumped back to 41st after his strong display at the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson is 28/1 to win the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, with Dustin Johnson 11/2, Jon Rahm 10/1, Rory McIlroy 10/1, Spieth 11/1 and last week's Phoenix winner Gary Woodland 25/1.

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