Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson? The jury is now in
Well, I guess it is now safe to say that the Jury is “in” on how well Phil Mickelson would rebound from his devastating blowup at the US Open. We haven’t seen him even sniff the leaderboard since, and we all know what the Tiger Woods has done.
Four in a row, and two of them majors … and I think it is safe to say that the World Championship at Firestone was close to being a major. It was a real treat to see Tiger give back 4 shots to the field on Saturday only to claw his way back into it at the turn on Sunday. Thank God that Cink put up a fight and we got to see Tiger remain focused, close the deal with that final putt on the 4th playoff hole and win again. At least he wasn’t on cruise control down the stretch.
As for Phil, one can only wonder how much his loss of his third major in a row has effected (affected?) his belief in himself. As we all know, we come home after a round, and if we have made a mistake it can bug us for days. How much more so does Phil replay that final hole in his mind? How much does that eat away at his confidence? How much does it pop during play these last few tournaments? I don’t know, but it must be lurking there somewhere, don’t you think?
They say in bull riding, that after a fall, you have to get back on and have some success. I don’t see Phil doing that. Tiger’s dominance over that latter part of the season can’t be going unnoticed by the world’s number two, as he falls further and further behind in the World Rankings. Dave Pelz can boast all he wants about his number one student; he simply isn’t up to the challenge. He can say, “that should be me,” but the fact is, his body language tells a different story.
Christopher “CB” Maxwell
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Tiger can do it because he's focused mentally and physically in shape.
It will take many years and many pushups for anyone else to maintain the pace that Tiger has.
One more point. Phil should consider another caddie. A big severence package may be in order. Phil and his caddie are dangerous as a team. They seem to revel in acts of daring on the golf course. What was that movie? Dumb and dumber? I know they are great friends, but they seem to bring out the worst in each other when it comes to course management decisions... Tin Cup City.
Slump...nice try. When Roberto Duran, said "no mas" was that a slump?
Now, it's all about image--golf is not his priority, family is. That sells in corporate America; truth be told, the elite golfers do not make a living winning tournaments, they make their living as corporate pitchmen. Phil legacy is set.
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