Phil Mickelson is a late addition to the field for the Scottish Open in Inverness which starts on Thursday.
The three-time Masters champion has added the event to his schedule and been given the final sponsor's
invitation after a disappointing run of form.
The 42-year-old Californian withdrew from the Memorial Tournament, finished only 65th at the US Open and then missed the cut - along with Tiger Woods - at the Greenbrier Classic.
It was the first time Mickelson and Woods had crashed out early from the same event in their professional careers.
Mickelson has been a regular at the Scottish Open down the years during its sponsorship by Barclays, who also back him, but he finished only 58th at Castle Stuart last year in an event reduced to 54 holes because of bad weather.
A week later he was joint runner-up to Darren Clarke in The Open at Sandwich after a superb front nine in the final round when victory looked a distinct possibility.
That was Mickelson’s best ever finish at the championship, although he ended up three strokes behind Clarke, whereas at Troon in 2004 he was only one behind play-off pair Todd Hamilton and Ernie Els.
The left-hander's missed cut in West Virginia took his number of consecutive rounds without breaking par to seven, a career worst.
“I really have been off,” he said. “I don't know what to say about that.
“The parts don't feel that far off but I haven't been putting them together.
“It doesn't feel bad off the tee, it doesn't feel bad with the iron play, it doesn't feel bad chipping or putting, but I'm making a lot of loose drives here or there, some loose iron shots here or there, missing some short putts here or there.”
Mickelson is 40/1 with Bet365
for The Open at Royal Lytham, where he finished tied for 30th the last time it was played at the Lancashire venue in 2001.