Phil Mickelson sent a message to the PGA Tour last Thursday at the Memorial Tournament — we all heard his comments loud and clear when he pulled out of Jack’s event after his first-round 79, citing “mental fatiague,” but what we didn’t know was tat he actually used his cell phone to send a text message to Commissioner Tim Finchem from the 6th fairway at Muirfield Village. Yes, really.
Tag: 2012 Memorial Tournament
I’m still trying to process what I saw this afternoon, but I know it was an I-Was-There moment, whether it be tomorrow or 11 or 18 years from now. The last five holes were kind of a blur and I’ve felt like I’ve been in the twilight zone all week, so that doesn’t help! One thing I know for sure: Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour victory at The Memorial Tournament — his fifth title here – was incredibly special and more impressive than the 72nd win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
Not just because he tied Jack Nicklaus’ career-record of 73 PGA Tour wins in Jack’s backyard. (When you stop for a second, 73 is a lot of freaking tournaments and 14 is a lot of freaking majors. 18 or 19 is absurd.) The circumstances, the theatrical closing, the conditions — the entire week couldn’t have been scripted better. (continue reading…)
I’m sure you’ve all seen “the most unbelievable, gutsy shot” that Jack Nicklaus has ever seen and he added during the 18th green trophy presentation at Muirfield Village, “I’ve seen a lot of shots in golf and I don’t think I’ve seen a better one.”
That’s a bold statement, but I’ve
wasted a lot of time hit the replay button so many times that I’ve lost track. (continue reading…)
First of all, if you missed my post last night on the third-round highlights, check it out.
If you’re a regular reader, then you’ve heard me say this many times: Don’t underestimate the underdog. Of course I’m referring to Tiger Woods. Well, kind of. He’s obviously won four times at the Memorial Tournament, but that was before The Scandal. Woods is paired with Rickie Fowler, who snagged his first win at Quail Hollow last month, and ever since, he’s been on cruise control. Heading into the final round, of the two, Fowler was the favorite (this was before he started birdie-bogey-double-bogey-bogey. Weird, huh? (continue reading…)
Spencer Levin doesn’t need to hear any lectures on the health risks when it comes to smoking cigarettes — Marlboro Reds, to be precise — and he’s well aware it strays from the squeaky-clean image of the PGA Tour brand. He’s not just a one or two smoke a round kind of guy, either. A pack would be more a closer estimate.
Judge him if you’d like (and I hate to break it to you, but a fair share of players use chewing tobacco — probably roughly 1/4 to 1/3), but as he reminded the media after shooting a three-under 69, matching Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh for low round on Saturday: It’s legal and there are worse things he could be doing.
Tiger Woods minimized mistakes in the difficult conditions at Muirfield Village, with the temperature dropping to the 50s, combined with the gusting wind, not to mention he was feeling under the weather, which makes his three-under 69 even more commendable. At the halfway point of the Memorial, Tiger, along with Spencer Levin and Scott Stallings, trail Rory Sabbatini by a shot. (continue reading…)
Words I thought I’d never type: Rory McIlroy missed his third cut in a row.
The 23-year-old reigning U.S. Open champ will have another weekend off — which obviously isn’t a good thing for a professional golfer — to work through his swing changes, a process he started at the beginning of the year, yet has continued to be a work in progress, at the driving range. He has one more week and at least two more competitive rounds (hopefully four) at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to try to get to the point where he feels comfortable with the swing tweaks. (continue reading…)
There was an especially excited feeling in the air at the Memorial Tournament early Friday evening — the kind that only one player can stir up. Tiger Woods, of course. He birdied three of his first six holes to jump atop the ‘board with the leaders in the clubhouse, Spencer Levin and Scott Stallings. He looked in fine form and found the consistency he was struggling with in his last few starts. (continue reading…)
Ed. note: My apologies for posting this so late, but I was busy discussing and debating Phil Mickelson’s controversial withdrawal on Twitter. I’m actually pretty mentally fatigued, so I’m not sure if I can finish writing. I took two weeks off and catching up on sleep and rest really wore me out, so now I’m too tired to deal with all this work. In the best interest of my health, I think I need to take another break to prep for the U.S. Open–wait, I have been doing that all week. However, I’ll do my best to bang out one more post today.
Phil Mickelson struck the ball “horrendously,” leading to a first-round seven-over 79 at the Memorial Tournament. He would probably have had the weekend off unless he turned it around overnight and bounced back with a 62. Instead of giving it a go, Mickelson decided to cut his losses short and withdraw from the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, citing “mental fatigue.” (continue reading…)
Despite battling allergies — which, trust me, are brutal and absolutely miserable — Tiger Woods hung in there to shoot two-under 70. He had an overall solid day. Sort of ho-hum, actually. He double-bogeyed the 18th, his 9th hole of the round, but like McIlroy, he bounced back on the front nine to jump back to the first page of the leaderboard for the time being [*Update: upon completion of round one, Tiger is T11]. (continue reading…)