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Phil Mickelson commits to playing in Bridgestone Invitational

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 23, 2013

Bridgestone Invitational issued a news release on Phil Mickelson commiting to playing next week in Akron.

Here is the release:

On the heels of his dramatic victory at the British Open, five-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson committed to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he will be joined by the best players from across the globe at Firestone Country Club in Akron, July 31-August 4. Additionally, as of July 22, 11 players in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking who weren’t already qualified have officially earned a spot in the field for the third World Golf Championships event of the year.

Mickelson entered the final round of the 2013 Open Championship trailing Lee Westwood by five shots, but a 5-under 66 led to a three-stroke win over Henrik Stenson. The win was Mickelson’s 42nd career PGA TOUR victory, which puts him at No. 9 in all-time victories, three behind Walter Hagen’s 45 career wins. The victory moved Mickelson to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.  He becomes the first player to win the European Tour’s Scottish Open and then the Open Championship the following week. With wins in each of the last 10 seasons on the PGA TOUR, Mickelson owns the longest active streak. Mickelson has won at least one tournament in 20 different TOUR seasons, trailing only Sam Snead (24) and Jack Nicklaus (21).

Mickelson has played in the Bridgestone Invitational in each of the 14 years it has been held. His best finish came in the inaugural event (1999) when he finished runner-up. In his last 10 attempts at the Bridgestone Invitational, he has one top-20 finish, a T4 in 2008.

A total of 11 players officially qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational as of Monday, July 22, due to their position in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. That list includes Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who finished T6 at the Open Championship. Matsuyama started 2013 at No. 127 in the rankings, but a T10 at the U.S. Open to go along with his strong finish at the Open Championship and nine top-10 finishes on the Japan Golf Tour this year, which include victories at the Tsuruya Open and the Diamond Cup Golf, have moved him well inside the top 50 in the world and into the Bridgestone Invitational field.

That list includes:

Rank   Player                         Country

19        Jason Day                    Australia

20        Henrik Stenson            Sweden

22        Hunter Mahan              USA

31        Bo Van Pelt                 USA

33        Richard Sterne             South Africa

34        Hideki Matsuyama       Japan

35        Rickie Fowler              USA

41        Thorbjorn Olesen         Denmark

43        Angel Cabrera              Argentina

46        Scott Piercy                  USA

47        Carl Pettersson             Sweden

Players not otherwise qualified can now only qualify by winning the RBC Canadian Open this week or moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 29.

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