Mickelson won the winners-only tourney astatine La Costa Resort successful 1998 and past played lone doubly since it moved to the Plantation Course astatine Kapalua successful 1999, astir precocious successful 2001 erstwhile helium tied for 28th against a 33-man field.
He qualified by winning the PGA Championship astatine Kiawah Island astatine property 50, making him the oldest large champion successful history.
His quality means each 4 large champions volition beryllium astatine Kapalua successful aboriginal January, joining Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm and British Open champion Collin Morikawa.
Among those not playing is Wells Fargo Championship victor Rory McIlroy, who starts his play successful the Middle East plaything that's portion of the European tour.
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