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Phil Keeping A Low Profile At The BMW

Conway Farms Golf Club, Chicago, the host course of this week's BMW Championship may never have hosted a Tour event before, but that hasn't panicked Phil Mickelson into an early arrival.

In fact, 'Lefty', citing personal reasons, decided to pull out of the pre-event Pro-Am, which usually provides a great semi-competitive environment in which to test-drive the course for an event.

Mickelson also ducked out of all media duties on Wednesday, as he continued to keep a low profile ahead of the event, which starts for real today.

Mickelson, at sixth in the FedEx standings is placed right in the thick of things as the Playoffs near their climax at the Tour Championship, and a big week could see him climb into even greater contention to land the huge jackpot on offer.

Phil though, being the instinctive player that he is, has clearly for some reason or other, decided to step out and play this one by ear.

With most golfers you'd seriously question such a seemingly baffling decision to miss out on crucial practice opportunities, but with Phil you merely suspect that there is method in the madness.

We'll just have to wait and see if it pays off for him.