PHIL MICKELSON is a mercurial and fascinating character and I can't wait to see how he performs in the Shell Houston Open this week.
At Bay Hill last week he was dreadful, four-putting from four feet on one occasion and playing just about as bad as he can but this is a different week and a different venue.
He hasn't performed at Bay Hill in a long time and the week before he looked in good order at Doral.
He's had a good old rant about the fact this event doesn't immediately preceed the Masters this year and I couldn't help but smile when I read it, you can often expect something special after a Mickelson moan.
When interviewed after this event in 2010, just days before he won his third Green Jacket at Augusta, he said for him this wasn't an ideal course to prepare for Augusta because he had to use his driver all week to prepare for the Masters.
With all the water in play he knew he was going to put himself in lots of trouble and he did! He finished down the field in a tie for 35th.
Here we are a few short years later and he's moaning this event isn't being used the week before but I for one am pleased it doesn't. I fancy his chances are enhanced for both events as a result.
With Redstone form figures that read 23-MC-35 he bumbled along with two opening rounds of 70, 12 months after his negative comments and his 35th-placed finish before appearing to suddenly get Redstone.
Weekend rounds of 63 and 65 saw him blow the opposition away but also blew his chances of a fourth US Masters and a successful title defence. He had unquestionably peaked seven days too soon.
Then last year, having opened up with 65 to lead on day one, he drifted along for three days, eventually finishing fourth.
It's just possible he was subconsciously protecting himself for Augusta, given what had happened a year earlier. Maybe I'm looking into it far too deeply, maybe I'm not, but one thing I am absolutely sure off is that this place, just like Augusta, suits Phil's game perfectly. The risk, as always though, is which Phil turns up on Thursday?
It's perfectly possible he hasn't yet shook off his horrid form from last week but I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see him bounce back and if that's the case he's a fair price right now for both here and the US Masters and I've got him onside for both.
Graham DeLaet ranks highly for both driving distance and greens in regulation, he's been in decent order so far this season and nearly did me a massive favour here in 2010 when he finished third after I'd backed him at 600.0! He's not a massive price this week but I couldn't leave him out.
Texan Ryan Palmer also ticks all the stats boxes nicely and has an improving record in his home state with three top-10s there in his last five outings.
And last but not least I've thrown a few pounds at in-form Boo Weekley at a big price. He's not the longest on Tour but when he's dialled in, as he most certainly was on the final day of the Tampa Bay Championship two weeks ago, few are more deadly with their irons.
Phil Mickelson @ 18.5
Graham DeLaet @ 120.0
Ryan Palmer @ 120.0
Boo Weekley @ 170.0