Published: Jul 27, 2011 8:10 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Phil Mickelson's initial impressions of West Virginia's Greenbrier resort were about all things family.

A relaxed Mickelson was as eager to list the activities for his wife, Amy, and three children, as he was about taking on the retooled Old White TPC course at the Greenbrier Classic beginning Thursday.

Rather than take an extra week off, Mickelson is one of just two golfers among the top 20 in the world rankings entered in the Greenbrier Classic. Retief Goosen is the other.

It makes for a tough schedule that will also take Mickelson to next week's Bridgestone Invitational five hours to the north in Akron, Ohio, followed by the PGA Championship in Atlanta, then the grueling FedEx Cup playoffs.