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Top Player To Release An Instructional Program, Just In Time For The Masters

Available On DVD April 7 As A Two-Disc Set With Instructional Booklet
From CBS Home Entertainment And Paramount Home Entertainmen

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Feb. 23, 2009 - Phil Mickelson, winner of 34 PGA Tour events -- including three major championships -- and long renowned for his masterful short game, shares his competitive insights for the first time ever on DVD in PHIL MICKELSON: SECRETS OF THE SHORT GAME.  Teaming with EmmyÒ Award-winning producer/director Terry Jastrow, the two-disc instructional set focusing on shots played from 50 yards will be available on DVD April 7 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

"My ideas about the short game are very different from a lot of the instruction I see out there," said Mickelson, "so it was a lot of fun to put this together with Terry and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  The goal here is to help golfers build a foundation so that their practice time directly correlates to improved scoring on the golf course."

Jastrow has produced hugely popular instructional programs with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and others but said, "No great golfer has done an instructional program in more two decades.  For years people have acknowledged Phil has a superior short game, but the question they still ask is, ‘How does he do it?' Here Phil finally gives his answers."

Mickelson has been outspoken on various topics throughout his career and continues to be so in sharing his "Secrets."

On two popular chipping instructions:  "the club should go back and through the same distance" or that there should be "no wrist" in the swing: "If anybody teaches you one of those two methods, go somewhere else. There is one great way to chip and it is a method that I call "hinge and hold. There has never been a good chipper who does not conform to this technique."

On putting: "For years I have heard how you want your hands to oppose each other. I don't buy into that either. We want our top hand turned stronger; this promotes a release."

PHIL MICKELSON: SECRETS OF THE SHORT GAME features sections on putting, chipping, sand shots and the flop shot Mickelson popularized soon after he joined the PGA Tour in 1992.

The two-disc set with more than two hours of content is presented in 16x9 widescreen.  It is not rated in the U.S. and has an exempt rating in Canada and will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.95. 

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD business for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD label.   

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

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Leslie Ryan