Mickelson, who won at Riviera in 2008 and 2009, has taken the
In past years, Mickelson's three daughters all attended the same school and had the same spring break – one week after the Northern Trust, which is why Mickelson had played Riviera and then skipped the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz. This year, Mickelson will not play in either tournament, said T.R. Reinman, the golfer's spokesman.
"If it was any other tournament, I'd skip it," Mickelson said in a statement, "but I'm defending, it's my second hometown and I love the event."