Mickelson to skip Match Play Championship

Phil Mickelson will miss this month’s Match Play Championship,

skipping the event for the third time in the past four years.

Mickelson said Thursday his three children are off school the

week of the Match Play Championship so he will be going on a family

holiday. He also missed in 2010 and 2012.

The tournament is Feb. 20-24 just north of Tucson, Arizona.

Mickelson has made it to the quarterfinals of the Match Play

only once in 11 appearances, in 2004 at La Costa. He says he loves

the tournament and Tucson, where he won his first PGA Tour

event.

That means the 65th player in the world ranking after this week

will be eligible to play.