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"I can't play every week. If I had I would have played five in a row finishing the season and after playing Turkey and Ryder Cup and all the FedEx Cup stuff, it's just too much," he said.
"You have to say no and you have to be selfish sometimes and look after yourself; it doesn't make you a bad person," he added. "You have got to put yourself first and foremost, and try fit in the things you want to do. I'm in the fortunate position where I can dictate where I want to play, what I want to do, where I want to go."
Mickelson understands how tough it is for McIlroy and Woods to manage their schedules given how much they are in demand.
"We certainly want to help promote the game and drive the game throughout the world, but Tiger's just one person, and I think it's a little unrealistic for every tournament and every sponsor in every city in every country to expect him to be able to play every week," he said.
Mickelson said he's finally playing well again after struggling earlier this season, and he likes his chances in Singapore, especially coming off the HSBC Champions, where he finished tied for second, two strokes behind Poulter.
"I've had a really tough three or four months, when I played some of the worst golf in my career," he said. "It's turning out to be one of the best things that have happened for me because it forced me to analyze my game and dissect it and put each part back."
Scott, winless this year on the European and U.S. tours, was also looking to end his season on a positive note. He may have his best shot in Singapore, given his previous victories here in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
"My game is in good shape, I have played a lot of good golf this year," he said. "Getting to the point now that I am getting a little desperate to win a tournament. There are not that many left, and this one would be a great one for me to do it at."
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