Tiger sucks, Phil chokes, and Steve Stricker has shot at golf’s No. 1 ranking

August 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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With Tiger Woods sucking his way to his worst-ever golf score as a professional at the Bridgestone Invitational, and Phil Mickelson doing his familiar gag routine with the top ranking within his grasp, the golf world may have turned its lonely eyes to the wrong couple of stiffs.

Cheesehead. Steve Stricker, currently stacked up as fourth-best in the world, could well end up as the world’s No. 1 with a win at this week’s PGA Championship in his home state of Wisconsin.

At 43, Stricker has two wins this season and has climbed the rankings leaderboard heading into the PGA Tour’s last major at Whistling Straits in Kohler. And, with Woods’ game AWOL, second-ranked Mickelson swooning each time he has No. 1 in sight, and No. 3 Lee Westwood on the DL with a torn calf muscle, Stricker may well be the guy to dethrone Tiger from his 258-week run as the world’s best.

Hacker. By now, you know that Woods hacked his way to 78th place -- one golfer from DFL and 30 strokes behind winner Hunter Mahan -- at last week’s Bridgestone event. Mickelson, for his part, coughed up a giant 8-over 78 hair ball in his final round at Firestone Country Club to finish in a tie for 46th.

Woods flailed from the beginning on a course he had demolished, winning seven of nine previous tourneys at Firestone Country Club. Phil “The Thrill,” who needed a fourth-place finish to obtain the cherished top spot, was just one off the lead after two rounds and still within striking distance after 54 holes.

Reality bites. Then the real possibility that he could, after so many aborted attempts, finally grab the gold ring sunk in and swamped Mickelson’s golf game.

"If I keep finishing ahead of them every week eventually it’ll [becoming No. 1] happen, but the problem is there’s guys behind me that will pass me because I’m not playing well enough right now," Mickelson told reporters following his by-now predictable Sunday meltdown.

"I’ve got some work to do to get my own game sharp,” Mickelson added. “It’s important with this last major coming up next week that I try to get this thing turned around here in the next three days." 

Lost. As for Woods, he’s just lost, from fairway through green. He can’t find a swing, his formerly crisp approach shots sail who knows where, and his putter has quit for the season.

With stats like last in the Bridgestone field in fairways hit (22 of 56), only 35 of 72 greens in regulation, his worst score in relation to par (18-over), and his highest final-round score as a pro (77), and the golfer himself seemingly mailing in his Firestone appearance, perhaps it’s time for Woods to take a cue from Sergio Garcia and disappear.

Apparently, however, the still top-ranked golfer won’t follow Garcia’s plan to take a two-month furlough after the PGA Championship. He will play in next week’s final major of the season and announced he would tee it up in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November.

Playoffs?! Playoffs?! Another lousy showing at Whistling Straits, however, and Woods won’t be around to help Boston’s Deutsche Bank Championship stay afloat.

Woods began the week at 111th on the FedEx Cup points list but nosedived, along with his erstwhile game, to 119th, more than 1,000 points behind leader Ernie Els. With the TPC Boston tourney reportedly in dire financial straits, the last thing organizers need is the loss of its cash cow, one Eldrick Woods.

At this point in his struggles, however, the Deutsche Bank, and even The Barclays, the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoff, are not even on Woods’ itinerary.

“I’m just going to get ready for Thursday [at Whistling Straits]. I need to be ready for Thursday,” Woods said in a post-Bridgestone press conference.

Ryder Cup. Woods also fell from ninth to 10th in Ryder Cup points, five places below the immortal Jeff Overton and four behind Anthony Kim, who struggled around Firestone in his first event since thumb surgery. Not a very encouraging outlook for a U.S. Ryder Cup team that would include Tiger.

“Not playing like this, definitely not, not playing like this,” Woods said of his desire to play in Wales in October. “ I mean, I wouldn't help the team if I'm playing like this. No one would help the team if they're shooting 18-over par.”

While he said he could “turn it around” before the biennial competition began, Woods sounded like a golfer in need of a clue and a break.

“It’s been a long year,” he said. “It’s been a long year.”

[Via examiner.com]

Odyssey To Offer ProType Phil Mickelson Putter

May 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Callaway Golf announced the introduction of the Odyssey ProType 82 Putter, a limited edition design inspired by the same model Phil Mickelson used to win his third Green Jacket. Only 82 right-handed and 82 left-handed ProType putters will be available for purchase in the United States.

Beginning May 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET, those interested in owning one of these limited edition putters can sign up to be eligible for purchase on a first-come basis at OdysseyGolf.com. Each of these 164 individually numbered, limited edition putters features a green highlight on the sole, a nod to Mickelson's win at Augusta earlier this month.

The ProType 82 features Odyssey's new White Ice insert, with a Tungsten weight behind it, along with a single white sightline that stretches from the face of the putter down the back flange-a look requested by Mickelson himself. These limited edition PT 82 putters will also come with a Phil Mickelson Limited Edition headcover and a Black Series grip, identical to what the four-time major champion used to win at Augusta.

"I'm very excited that the designers at Odyssey have produced this limited edition putter with the same design as my gamer," Mickelson said. "Tournaments are won and lost on the green, which is why I rely on Odyssey technology. Our design team gives me the best chance to win. Odyssey's winning results on tour are a testament to their engineering capabilities."

Each of the 164 individually numbered, limited edition ProType 82 putters will be available at an asking price of $500.

Phil Wearing His Green Jacket At Krispy Kreme

April 14, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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How Do You Celebrate a Masters Win? If You're Phil Mickelson, You Celebrate By Going To Krispy Kreme Wearing Your Green Jacket!

Phil Mickelson received a $1,350,000 payout for his 2010 Masters win. It looks like he spent some of that prize money at a Krispy Kreme Drive-Thru.

A Phil Mickelson Krispy Kreme photo popped up on Twitter, showing Mickelson and his family at the Drive-Thru of the donut chain. The catch: Mickelson was wearing the Green Jacket he won at the 2010 Masters.

You would think he might be more delicate with what is the most coveted prize in golf, but Mickelson seemed confident that he wouldn't spill any coffee or donut filling on his green jacket. Even if he did ruin his Green Jacket, he's got two more at home.

The image of Phil Mickelson at a Krispy Kreme will no doubt endear him even more to golf fans. Mickelson's image has gotten a major boost from his Masters 2010 win. Several stories have been written praising Mickelson for being a down-to-earth family man, a pleasant contrast to embattled golf star Tiger Woods.

"Now Phil Mickelson reminds all the people who think golf doesn't matter when Tiger Woods isn't winning that there can actually be a better story, even at this Masters, than Woods. And sometimes the story is still one of the best and oldest in sports: Good guy wins." -nydailynews.com

Mickelson's good guy had taken a hit due to persistent rumors that he had illegitimate child and wife Amy Mickelson had an affair with Michael Jordan. Those sensational Phil Mickelson rumors appear to be false.

The truth about Mickelson may be something much more mundane. He could just an average family man who likes to eat Krispy Kreme donuts in his mini-van with his family.

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Mickelson Is Pissed About The New Groove Rules, And Rightfully So

January 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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(We tried finding an angry picture of Lefty for this article, but the guy is permanently smiling. So we had to make do.)

Maybe you've seen or heard about some of the latest groove controversy. It all started with a small rule change that seemed to be just another "nit picky" implementation by the USGA. Now it's developed into a major feud between players and USGA officials, led by Phil Mickelson on the players side.

When we first started hearing about the groove rule controversy, we assumed that it was just another pro athlete "prima donna" case. We thought that maybe the top 150 golfers in the world shouldn't be complaining about a simple equipment change, but we were wrong. It's really quite a cluster.

We run a spy golf news and reviews site, and we still don't fully understand what's going on. But we do know that when pros are going on Ebay to buy wedges from the 1980's that are exceptions to the rule, things are screwed up. What you have is basically a ridiculous specification change that is really effecting how golfers play the game, and it's completely unfair. Mickelson being one of the best players in the world, arguably has the most reason to be pissed. He essentially built his career around the 64 degree lob wedge, and is now being told that he cannot physically use it. According to Nick Faldo, it is now "impossible" to use a 64 degree wedge. The new groove rules have made such a drastic change that the ball literally slides up the face of the club, and can cause a variance in distances up to 20 feet when chipping. On top of that, the bafoons at the USGA have decided that a specific Ping Eye 2 Wedge from the 1980's, which has the old square grooves, is acceptable becuase it's grandfathered in yada yada yada.

"I agree that the rule, it's a terrible rule," Mickelson said. "To change to something that has this kind of loophole is nuts. But it's not up to me or any other player to interpret what the interpretation of the rule is or the spirit of the rule. I understand black and white. And I think that myself or any other player is allowed to play those clubs because they're approved. End of story."

So Mickelson adheres to the nonsense and puts a Ping Eye 2 wedge in his bag, only then to be called a "cheater" by Scott McCarron.

According to the golf channel: "After testing an array of scenarios (U groves, V-like grooves, and no grooves) with players of all levels, the USGA, jointly with the R&A, determined that the V-like grooves are the best way to add the question back into the game."

Well they certainly have added question to the game. We are questioning if they have any common sense. Probably very little, if any. Anyway, we wish Phil luck in his battles with the USGA.

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Mickelson Taking The High Road When Asked About Tiger

January 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Phil Mickelson entered a packed room of about 60 reporters Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He then read the following pre-prepared statement:

"The first is obviously the Tiger, uh, topic," Mickelson said. "The game of golf needs him to come back. I mean it's important for him to come back and be a part of the sport, but right now he's got a lot more important things going on in his life. And Amy and I are good friends with both Tiger and Elin and we care deeply about how this turns out, but I'm going to choose not to talk about it publicly anymore, and I appreciate you guys' understanding on that."

Asked why he, like others, has been reluctant to talk about Woods, Mickelson responded:

"Well, again, I don't want to talk about it publicly for the reason that we're friends and we have a personal relationship, and I just don't feel--I feel like it's a violation of our trust and our relationship."

Mickelson did allow that he and his wife, Amy, have had "limited communication" with the Woods family, although "not necessary saying with who in the family."

Asked to comment on the coverage of the Woods scandal, Mickelson threw it back to his questioners.

"As far as the media exposure or coverage, I think it's more of a question for you," he said. "That's your industry. That's what you guys do for a living. How do you feel it was covered? I don't know. That's more of a question for you guys."

[Via Golf.com]

GolfToImpress.com: Mickelson using Callaway PM Wedge Hybrid

June 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Golf.com's David Dusek confirmed while speaking with Callaways lead designer Roger Cleveland that Phil Mickelson is using a new PM Prototype Hybrid this week at the U.S open.  Although its still in prototype phase Phil himself provided a lot of input in its build.

Previously Phil was using Callaway Golf's FT Hybrid off and on depending on the tournaments course venue.

Roger Cleveland did not divulge any specifics on the club, its design, or the technologies used but Mickleson did speak to reporters saying:

"This is a special club I actually made, taking the back part of the hybrid out so that I can open it way up and get through that thick rough."

Of course its far to early to confirm if this club will make it into retail release but it was still a great find by David Dusek and we felt is was worthy to report on.

It looks pretty good to me, very simple from what we can see from the small image, I can barely make out the word's Callaway & Prototype on it. By what Phil Mickleson is saying it appears the logic is somewhat similar to a wedge with trailing edge relief to help him open it up. That makes good sense if you plan on being in the rough a lot.

[Via golftoimpress.com]

Phil Mickelson owns a dinosaur head!

May 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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You know you got major bread when you own a dinosaur head.

"Golf Digest: Not to get too personal, but what's with the dinosaur head?
Phil Mickelson: That was my birthday present from Amy. Last June. Of the dinosaurs that have been preserved, the No. 1 is Sue, a very famous one at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. A Tyrannosaurus rex. Her head is like five feet long. The one Amy gave me is from Mongolia [paleontologists say it's possibly a Tarbosaurus bataar].

Male or female?
Female, not that I would know by inspecting it or anything. I'm just going by what I was told.

What is yours named?
Haven't named it yet. But it's the coolest thing I've ever gotten. My kids and I sometimes will just sit in my office and talk about what the world was like 68 million years ago. Amanda, our oldest daughter [born the day after the 1999 U.S. Open], wanted to be a paleontologist for a long time. Even before we got the dinosaur head. Our kids are really into that stuff, like outer space.

What is a dinosaur head worth?
I don't know. It was a birthday present. We've had four or five people bid on it, but it's not for sale. Talk about giving something to the man who has everything. I was really surprised, just like I was when Amy gave me the meteorite. That's from Argentina, a crash from the 1930s, I believe. I got that from Amy last Christmas. It weighs about 300 pounds and is the size of a basketball. I also have a small one that friends gave to me. It's about the size of a softball. There are more meteorites around than dinosaurs."

[Via golfdigest.com]

Perry Chokes, Cabrera Wins 2009 Masters!

April 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The guy who looks like a bus driver(Angel Cabrera), beat the 48 year old dad(Kenny Perry), who out parred the ultra white middle aged guy(Chad Campbell). Needless to say, not the greatest display of athleticism from the final playoff group in this years Masters. Hopefully those people that argue golf isn't a sport weren't watching.

Now obviously they still fall under the category of "the best golfers in the world", and we still have a ton of respect for their abilities. But we had to mention the funny characteristics that these 3 shared, especially since they were finalists in this year's Super Bowl of golf.

We would also like to say that we wish every Masters could be as exciting on the last day! Major props to Phil, as well. Great effort, but just a little too late.

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