Mickelson ready for Masters after third straight top-six finish

After another strong showing on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson is desperate for a win before the Masters.

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Phil Mickelson has not won a PGA Tour event since the 2013 Open, but he is eager for the Masters after consistently knocking on the door this year.

After finishing tied for sixth at the Genesis Open, Mickelson completed his third straight top-six finish.

Nearing top form, Mickelson is ready to take on Augusta National in April.

"My game's on the upswing," Mickelson said, via golfchannel.com. "I'm playing well enough to compete week in and week out now, and now it's just a matter of a shot here or there, the difference between winning and not, as opposed to kind of finding my game. I'm not searching anymore."

While Mickelson is pleased with his recent performances, he would like to hold a trophy before journeying to Augusta National.

"I think it will be important for me, if I want to go into Augusta with the expectation of winning again, that I win before then," Mickelson said.

"If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. But I think that that would be a big thing for momentum, because you need to perform under the gun, in the clutch, and play well enough to win a tournament before you expect to win a major."

Augusta National has undergone a series of changes in recent years in order to keep up with the ever-changing technology allowing players to hit golf balls further than ever. The most recent change being proposed is lengthening the par-four fifth hole.

Some players are against the proposed change to the fifth, but Mickelson is all for it.

"I'm a big fan of making the hard holes harder and the easy holes easier," Mickelson said. "So making number five harder, which is perennially a difficult par, or should be one of the harder par-fours out there, I'm a big fan of. What I'm not a fan of is taking a hole like seven and making it the second-toughest par on the golf course. I think that's a mistake. I think making five more difficult is not."

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