Euro Tour ships Mickelson back to the USA. Are Mickelson, Woods Olympic hopefuls? Rhythm and Rules
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Phil Mickelson has dropped out of the 2009 Race to Dubai because he said he doesn’t have enough time to dedicate to both the European and PGA Tours. With second-rate performances at the two opening Euro Tour events in China, Mickelson may have felt his chances of making an upward move were slipping deciding instead to get out early and “save face”.
Add Sergio Garcia’s leapfrog into second place in the World Rankings and that Tiger Woods may return for the 2009 PGA Tour season and Mickelson is probably more concerned with defending interests here at home than the struggle to climb atop yet another ranking system.
One slip at a time Phil, although Mickelson insisted, “I really don’t think about the world rankings right now very much.”
Go ahead Phil. Keep asserting that you’re not losing any sleep over your drop in the World Rankings and I’ll bet that, eventually, you’ll start believing it too!
As Barry and I watched the final round of the Barclays Singapore Open, it appeared evident with every failed putt that Mickelson would be relieved to be heading back to the States on his new fourteen passenger Gulfstream conveyance. Life can be really tough on the Tour!
Add to the above an article in the latest Callaway Golf Magazine written by the extremely outspoken Johnny Miller which mentioned, “Who wouldn’t relish the prospect of Tiger and Phil battling it out for individual gold at the Olympics” and the fuel was flamed for this week’s Golf for Beginners broadcast!
Whereas Miller states that golf has gone global, he also mentions that the two men fighting for gold honors would be two Americans…so where then has golf gone global? Also, if golf is approved as a summer sport, it would not be introduced until the 2016 games. Woods would be about forty years old and Mickelson would be about ready to join the Champions Tour. Now, where’s the fun in that, I ask?
Also, with guys like Phil and Tiger going after “gold” every week in the form of million dollar payouts and glimmery FedEx type trophies, an Olympic event would seem more like just another stop on the PGA Tour. Instead, listen to what Golf for Beginners has in mind if golf becomes an Olympic sport!
In addition, we talk about Lorena Ochoa’s belief that a lack of rhythm affected her quest to win her own Invitational. Rules taken from the glossy and easy-to-use Golf Rules Quick Reference Guide about embedded and damaged golf balls, are also featured.
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By the way, he comes across as such a phony to me, always smiling, but I keep reading and hearing comments that he's incredible with the crowds at tournaments.
I found that using Mickelson's "phony" smile when things are going wrong at the course always seems to make me feel better. Perhaps it's because I picture Phil like that and it changes my attitude. :-)
I'm actually glad that Phil has decided to stick with the PGA Tour this year. He's a real crowd pleaser. I remember standing within a few feet of him at the Barclays a few years back and he did not disappoint!
And I really think all the talk about Phil and Tiger is really over the top. If anything the golfing pundits worldwide must think of some other worthy contender to give tiger a run for his money and there are quite a few of them out there. So I really don’t think that writers worldwide need to be wasting reams on a possibly delicious Mickelson-Woods battle in the Olympics. To be honest it doesn’t even sound remotely exciting now.
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