At the Arizona state, Phil Mickelson had made a name as the reigning U.S Amateur and an NCAA champion.
Most recently, he had gone home with a win in the PGA Tour event in Tucson, and was to play in the Masters soon enough.
Young Phil had called up Arnold Palmer, asking if they could play a practice round together. Till date, he still cherishes the impact made by Palmer on him at Augusta that weekend.
And recently, Golf Digest, in collaboration with the Monterrey Peninsula Foundation decided to honor Mickelson with the Arnie award, considering his several acts of kindness, as one of their Golfers Who Give Back.
During Mickelson’s 25 years on tour, some of his acts of kindness were quite noticeable’ tipping extras to the locker room attendants, handing a ball to a kid, and signing a glove or ticking in a little cash.
He has also been instrumental in mentoring several young tour players such as Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. Mickelson, speaking about Arnold, had said,
“I know how good Arnold made me feel that day at the Masters,”
“I was nervous and didn’t feel like I belonged, but he made sure I felt like part of the club – the way he put his arm around me, told me stories and invited me to join him for lunch. Read more »
Phil Mickelson delighted his fans with his good game in various tournaments happened this year but went empty hand.
This is the third year that goes straight without a single win for Mickelson. This is his consecutively third year in which there is no victory in the PGA tour.
In the final PGA tour Safeway Open that happened recently, Phil Mickelson finished in 10th position. His performance in entire tournament was extremely good and fans were expecting something from Phil this time. Even the Tiger Woods, who didn’t PGA for last fourteen month has a good win in events.
Talking about his feeling about his good game, but no win, Mickelson said “I am happy with my performances. In compare to my last year’s game, 2016 has brought things for me and I am really happy to see it. At the same time, I am gutted that I had no even after playing a good game.” Read more »
Phil Mickelson is aware that he still has it in him to compete in the majors.
The PGA Championship in New Jersey did not turn out to be a golfing experience that Phil needs to remember. But, the ace golfer left Baltusrol knowing that his game is good and with a little bit of drawing board meetings he could get back to his golfing best. He is very excited about the prospect of playing the in the forthcoming FedEx cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. He will be representing the United States in these two events for the 11th time and these calls for huge celebration
The 46 year old is looking to take a break of about three weeks after competing in two majors in 21 days. He will be of course returning to tee up at his favorite spot, the Bethpage Black, at the Barclays. Mickelson said that he is looking forward to playing in the four playoff events and Ryder Cup. He wants to show his golfing prowess and to let everyone know that he is still at his competing best. Read more »
Jason Day, the world number one, would start his Masters pursuit grouped with 4 time major champ Ernie Els as well as US Matt Kuchar over the first 2 rounds at the Augusta National.
Jason would go off at 3:06 am, on Friday, as he looks to win a 2nd successive major, a 3rd event in a row and a 7th victory in fourteen starts.
Steven Bowditch has the accolade of being in the 1st competitory group on the course behind unearned beginners Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Bowditch begins his 2nd Masters at 10:20 pm, on Thursday, with US’ Jim Herman, who won in Houston previous week to get the very last invitation.
Adam Scott, the former Masters champ, goes out on Friday at 1:05 am, with United States duo Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner. Marc Leishman makes his come back to the Masters in a bunch with Swede Henrik Stenson and 3 time Masters winner Phil Mickelson.
Cameron Smith would have his debut at Masters away at 1:16 am, with ex champ Mike Weir and amateur player Sammy Schmitz. Jordan Spieth, the defending champ, goes out at 11:48 pm (Thursday) along with golfer Paul Casey and amateur player Bryson DeChambeau.
ory McIlroy, the world number three is in the last time of the day at around 4:01 am (Friday) as he goes after the career grand slam along with Bill Haas and Martin Kaymer.
Bad news for Mickelson’s fans- the great golfer has confirmed not to participate at the prestigious Cadillac World Golf Championship Match Play.
Caddie Jim confirmed the previous week that Phil was quite stirred up regarding the tournament and hence the player’s latest decision to withdraw has left many flummoxed and disappointed- it’s always a treat to watch Mickelson in action.
Mickelson, too, sounded very disappointed about his withdrawal from the WGC event, something that he was so passionate about. He has usually missed out on match-play event from 2011 as the dates clashed with his kids’ school breaks. Besides, he did not like the erstwhile backdrop Dove Mountain. But as 2015 made a change to both these factors, Phil was really eager to play this time.
“I am really glad with the latest format & TPC Harding Park seems to be a fantastic backdrop for the match play. Thus, it is really very unfortunate that I would not be capable to play this great event this year”, remarked a disappointed Mickelson. Read more »