Tag Archives: Phil Mickelson

Jul
20
2015

Phil Mickelson was making an early run at the Open Championship on Monday — he had just narrowly missed a birdie putt on no. 16, but he was still six-under for the final round when he stepped up to the tee on the Road Hole, arguably the most difficult par-4 in the game, and he let one fly…into the balcony of the Old Course Hotel.

Just watch:

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Jul
17
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Torrential downpour delayed the second round of the Open Championship by three hours and 14 minutes. Small ponds formed around the Old Course’s fairways and greens — a weird sight to see at a links course. The grounds crew worked frantically squeegeeing and pumping the standing water to make the course playable. With the rain easing off, the R&A announced that play would resume at 10:00am local time. However, that called for a long day for all, with first-round leader Dustin Johnson not teeing off until 5:48pm, alongside Jordan Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, and Hideki Matsuyama.

Weather you like it or not, here are winners and losers from Friday at St Andrews. (#sorrynotsorry)
 

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Jul
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Tom Watson will bid his farewell to St Andrews this week, as he’s most likely playing in his last Open Championship at the Home of Golf. It’s been 40 years since Watson made his first start at golf’s oldest major in 1975, which he ended up winning at Carnoustie.

The five-time Open champion and arguably the greatest links golfer in the modern era actually did what he thought was his last walk up the 18th hole in competition when the Open was last held at St Andrews in 2010. Even though the 65-year-old legend has never won on the Old Course, it was a special moment that I’ll never forget, as he received a rousing ovation from his adoring fans and doffed his cap to them before chipping in for eagle on what was believed to be his final Open at the Home of Golf.

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Jul
10
2015

Phil Mickelson, who posted a one-under 69 in the first round, got off to yet another slow start at Gullane GC in the second round of the Scottish Open. After back-to-back bogeys on nos. 11 and 12 to move outside the cut line, Mickelson rallied, hitting a perfect 9-iron to about 10 feet on no. 14 and holed the putt. He went on to make three consecutive birdies and posted a two-under 68 for a three-under total to move safely inside the cut line.

Despite the somewhat favorable outcome, Mickelson sounded almost astounded that he made the cut because he putted so poorly. He needed 28 putts on Thursday and 30 on Friday.

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Jul
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Phil Mickelson opened his press conference ahead of the Scottish Open on Wednesday morning with quite the soliloquy. He basically addressed two topics that he didn’t want to really discuss — but assumed he would be asked about them — and said that was all he was going to say about them.

Firstly, he mentioned the “report” that came out last week, referring to ESPN’s Outside the Lines article that linked Mickelson to an offshore illegal gambling operation. Mickelson has not been charged with a crime, nor is he under investigation, according to the aforementioned report. 

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Jun
29
2015

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Phil Mickelson, who is never known to shy away from a bet or money game both on and off the golf course, is reportedly tied to a money laundering and gambling case, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Apparently, Mickelson transferred nearly $3 million to an intermediary that was part of an “illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events.” However, the five-time major winner has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. 

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Jun
18
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Phil Mickelson, who is attempting to complete the career grand slam at Chambers Bay, opened with a one-under 69 at the U.S. Open, the one major championship that has eluded him so many times with close calls. Mickelson got off to a very promising start, rolling in three birdies on the front nine and making the turn at three-under.

Although Mickelson, who has notched a record six runner-up finishes at his national championship, lost some momentum on the back nine, he was happy with his round.

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Jun
16
2015
By Nicole Gaddie under US Open

Phil Mickelson will play in his 25th U.S. Open on Thursday. If he can snag a win, he’ll also snag something else: a career Grand Slam.

“Whether it’s trying to win an Open Championship or a U.S. Open championship, the fact that I’ve come so close is actually a motivator for me to work harder,” said Mickelson. 

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May
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods emphatically pumped his first after holing a nine-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th, his final hole on Friday at TPC Sawgrass. The putt was only to post a one-under 71, but it put him just inside the cut line at even par, which is what’s projected to make weekend play at The Players Championship.

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Apr
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

In his Masters debut, Jordan Spieth entered the final round tied for the lead with Bubba Watson, but the then-20-year-old Texan wasn’t able to close out and let his first green jacket slip through his fingers. Just a year later, Spieth, who held a four-shot lead heading into Sunday, got his redemption and closed the deal at Augusta National, completing a wire-to-wire victory — the first since Raymond Floyd in 1976 — to capture his first green jacket as well as his first major championship. And, it was one for the ages as Spieth tied, set and broke various records.

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