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Might Phil Mickelson rise to No. 1?

Updated: February 17, 2012, 12:16 AM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- For years, Phil Mickelson has played Phil ball: He plays to win at all costs. He's not trying to make a check or get a top-10 finish to get world ranking points. Heck, most of the time he's not even thinking about making the cut. There probably are only a few weeks a year when he's not thinking about birdieing every hole. He is sometimes criticized for not playing safer, but he has always been a gambler.

"I'm going to try to make birdies, I'm going to play ...

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