At 52, Phil Mickelson has come second at the Masters and made cut at the PGA Championship - and he has found the answer for his solid form in golf's biggest events

Phil Mickelson has certainly turned a few heads with his performances at the Masters and the PGA Championship in 2023.

Despite being a six-time major champion and legend of the sport, many golf fans were blown away by the 52-year-old’s tied runner up finish at Augusta National.

He didn’t quite mirror these heroics at Oak Hill, but nonetheless his game appears in better shape than when returning from a sustained period away from the public eye at the start of 2022.

“I thought I was more prepared than I was,” were his words when missing the cut at last year’s US Open, having played just one LIV event at that point.

So, what’s the secret to Mickelson’s improvement on the biggest stage?

Well, he thinks he’s found the answer.

“Love LIV or hate it, it’s the best way/Tour to be your best in the majors,” Mickelson posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

“Enough events to keep you sharp, fresh and ready, yet not be worn down from too many tournaments or obligations. 14 LIV events, 34 weeks left open to prepare for the 4 majors. Fact.”

Not only is this a ringing endorsement of LIV Golf’s schedule, but it could also be seen as a criticism of the PGA Tour schedule and the number of events each player is expected to play.

Ahead of the start of the current PGA Tour season, it was announced the top players on the circuit were required to play in at least 20 events, including the majors and an extensive list of designated tournaments.

In its first year, LIV hosted just eight events, but this was increased to 14 in 2023 after plans were fast-forwarded from its previous proposal of 10 events in year two.

Mickelson’s praise of LIV’s format is the latest example of his busy activity log on Twitter, which recently featured a post aimed at the USGA for altering its US Open qualification criteria – which left Talor Gooch without a spot in the field at LACC in June.

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Matt Chivers

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Matt is NCG's man for all things going on in the world of tour golf. Kent born and bred, Matt is 7 handicap at Royal Cinque Ports and spent many years caddying at Royal St George's before moving north to study history at the University of Liverpool. Away from golf, Matt is an avid Arsenal fan and horse racing enthusiast. He is also keen to point out his surname is pronounced Chiv-ers, not Chive-ers. Matt is currently playing: Driver: Cobra LTDx LS, 3-wood: Cobra LTDx, Utility: TaylorMade 4 DHY, Irons: Ping G10 4-PW, Ping Glide 4.0 (50,54,58), Putter: TaylorMade Spider GTX

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