Tag Archives: Phil Mickelson

Aug
9
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

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First things first, in the above photo, you can’t see that Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are both wearing shorts. I’ve seen Els in shorts and I’m OK with it. I think today was the first time seeing Phil in them… and I just…it’s weird.

It was both a quiet and major news day on Tuesday at the PGA Championship. On a personal note (because I’m sure you care), I feel really behind because I was initially supposed to arrive on Sunday afternoon and then I pushed it back to Monday, but then because of inclement weather in the NYC area, flights were all delayed or canceled, so I didn’t get in until Tuesday afternoon (and my luggage didn’t arrive) — yep, off to a blazing good start! But all things considered, I can’t complain.

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Jun
8
2017

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On Thursday the USGA announced the first- and second-round pairings and tee times for next week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, which is a bigly golf course, measuring out at 7,741 yards. With the venue set to host its first major professional event, there are a lot of unknowns about Erin Hills, but one thing’s for sure: It’s LONG; really, really long.

I played there in 2010 during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and found it delightful (because I played well), but many of my colleagues complained about the heavy hay, which was thicker than usual since the course had just reopened after the costly renovations. Wind will be a factor. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a “links” course; maybe “faux links” or “links-inspired,” but Americans incorrectly identifying inland courses as “links” is very high (if not no. 1) on my list of pet peeves in golf. 

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Apr
6
2017

The conditions in the first round of The Masters were less than ideal. It was cold (high of low 60s) and the 20-30mph winds — with gusts up to 40mph — swirled around Augusta National. It was a bit tamer for the players who teed off in the morning wave and it was at its worst when the guys in the afternoon draw were starting their rounds.

We saw tons of guys backing off shots (things moved at a very slow pace, but that’s expected with such difficult conditions), misjudging the sneaky whirling winds and gusts, and making a a couple big numbers on holes — the most significant, of course, was Jordan Spieth’s quadruple-bogey 9 on no. 15 — but we also witnessed some pretty impressive play when Augusta National bore all of its teeth as the afternoon rolled around and the wind picked up notably. 

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Mar
6
2017

First and foremost, I have to reiterate that this past week was absolutely incredible that truly didn’t disappoint. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I was this pumped-up and inspired by a non-major tournament (and it felt really good). The Mexico Championship covered everything you could ask for out of a World Golf Championship, let alone tournament — it had an amazing, star-studded leaderboard, the most thrilling and exciting golf in recent memory (especially at a non-major stroke play event) and simply first-rate hospitality and pure class from all involved.

Major kudos to the PGA Tour championship committee, tournament organizers from America, Europe and Mexico, the generous sponsor — the Salinas family seemed like they genuinely didn’t want their name attached to the event because it wasn’t about them; rather it was about representing the country, its people and the desire to grow the game — the volunteers, the fans, the great venue, and everyone and anyone involved. Well played, Mexico — your country and citizens should be very proud.

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Mar
3
2017

Regardless of the result or nearly anything that happens this weekend in Mexico City — short of a bunch of golfers getting mugged and robbed, which isn’t likely, anyway, considering the security and most aren’t known to be the most adventurous in the world — the WGC-Mexico Championship is already a huge success. Golf claps for the PGA Tour, the Championship committee and our generous and gracious hosts! Let me tell you, no expense has been spared.

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Oct
3
2016
Toast a cold one to captain's pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

Toast a cold one to captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

There’s obviously a ton to digest after Sunday’s win by the American team at the 41st Ryder Cup, but it’s never too early (or late) to hand out some grades.

Here’s how we felt everyone graded out following the three days of competition:

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Oct
3
2016

Phil Mickelson got off to a rough start this week at the Ryder Cup, bringing up and criticizing U.S. Captain Hal Sutton in 2004 for his management of the team and pairing him with Tiger Woods with only two days’ notice. It was strange that Phil would bring up 2004 out of all the Ryder Cups he’s played (10 excluding 2016) because he made a big decision that was met with controversy when he switched equipment manufacturers a week before the matches that year.

The next day, Mickelson apologized to Sutton. But the whole thing was just weird and bizarre, especially since the last thing Phil needed was to bring more eyes toward himself after all that’s happened regarding the Ryder Cup ever since the U.S. post-loss presser at Gleneagles.

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Oct
2
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

 

Witnessing one of the greatest matches in Ryder Cup history was a good bet heading into Sunday singles play. Witnessing two of them was more than we bargained for.

For the first few hours on Sunday all eyes were focused on McIlroy and Reed as they burned down Hazeltine Golf Club before finally running out of gas at the turn. Reed took a lead on the 12th hole and held on for a 1-up victory. Somehow, 46-year-old Phil Mickelson and 36-year-old Sergio Garcia had plenty left in the tank. Garcia and Mickelson combined for 19 birdies and just one bogey before halving their match and reminding fans that golf can be just as entertaining as war. For people keeping score, Reed finished four-under for the day to McIlroy’s three-under. Mickelson and Garcia both shot an unbelievable nine-under par.

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Oct
1
2016

Rory McIlroy was especially happy with earning a point alongside Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieter as the European pair beat Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in Saturday morning foursomes. McIlroy and Pieters never trailed and won the opening match with relative ease 4&2.

Previously, McIlroy was 0-3 against Mickelson in Ryder Cup matches.

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