Category: Phil Mickelson


November 27, 2013

Phil Mickelson to return to Scottish Open to defend title

Posted at 12:58 PM by Mike Walker

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Phil Mickelson poses with his wife Amy and children Evan, Amanda and Sophia at the 2013 Scottish Open (Getty Images).

Phil Mickelson said he will return to defend his Scottish Open title in the summer of 2014.

Most people remember Mickelson's dramatic win at the Open Championship at Muirfield, coming from five shots back on the final day, but he set the stage for that victory with his win the previous week at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, his first professional victory on a links course. Mickelson also turned the two events into a Griswolds-style "European Vacation," bringing his three children along to both events. PGA.com's T.J. Auclair has the details on Mickelson's 2014 return:

Late in 2013, Mickelson announced that he'd be cutting back his competitive schedule in an effort to be ready for the majors. One tournament that won't be cut, however, is the Scottish Open.

The 2014 Scottish Open will be held at Royal Aberdeen one week before the Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

"Winning the Scottish Open was a huge factor in my success the next week at the Open Championship," Mickelson said in a release. "I was able to acclimate myself to the time change, the weather, the wind, the links conditions and all in the heat of serious competition, which itself was a big added plus."

 

October 24, 2013

Mickelson to scale back schedule to prep for U.S. Open

Posted at 12:20 PM by Coleman McDowell
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Mickelson walks off the second green during the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

 

Phil Mickelson is tailoring his 2013-14 PGA Tour schedule for a run at completing the career Grand Slam with a victory at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Speaking before the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, Mickelson reiterated fans might be seeing less of him in 2014. 

"There's no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal of completing the career Grand Slam, and that's the final leg that I have.  I'll be putting most of my focus into winning the U.S. Open, but I'm not going to skip the Masters and the importance that that event has because every green jacket is meaningful to me, as much as I love that tournament."

The five-time major champ played 22 events in '13 and tied for 54th at the Masters, claimed second-place at the U.S. Open, won the British Open and tied for 72nd at the PGA Championship.

"I'm not sure exactly how the schedule is going to play out this next year. I want to give myself opportunities to play and compete in the big tournaments, mainly saying the majors, and I'm putting less importance on other events.  So my whole purpose and focus will be gearing up, participating in certain tournaments that will help me play well in those majors."

Steve Stricker, who is only three years older than Mickelson, used a similiar strategy in 2013 and cut his event total down to 13 from 19. His first career major didn't come as a result, but Stricker finished the year with eight top-10 finishes and the lowest adjusted scoring average on tour.

"So a tournament that is taking place two months prior or after a major championship that has no impact on my ability to perform well in a major, those are tournaments that I won't put as much importance on. I know that I'm going to start cutting a certain percentage of events next year, and I'm not sure which ones those will be."

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Mickelson: 'I'm swinging awful. I'm doing everything wrong.'

Posted at 11:10 AM by Coleman McDowell

PhilU.S. Open heartbreaks notwithstanding, is this the saddest-sounding Phil Mickelson ever? 

After shooting an opening round 71 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He's tied for 21st at 1-under, but from the sound of his quotes, you'd think he failed to break 90.

How many times have you heard laments like these in the clubhouse at your local course? Granted, they're most likely after a 101 instead of a 71. The wildest thing about Mickelson's depressed assessment of his game? He carded five birdies. 

  • "I can't remember swinging this bad in a long time, and as I shoot video of my swing, I'm doing everything wrong."

  • "The path of the club is too inside, then it's vertical, the head's moving, my legs are loose.  Divots are steep."

  • "It's terrible."

  • "This is the worst I've hit and I can't find the middle of the club face. And I'm not sure if the ball is going to go dead left or snap hook right and it's a frustrating time tee to green."

  • "I'm trying something every single shot. I'm trying something different. And I've been doing this now since the British Open. After I took a week off I came back and Butch and I worked at the PGA and the Tour Championship. And we just haven't been able to get it figured out ... it's way off right now."

  • "It's as far off as it's ever been."

  • "Yeah, I'm nuts."

  • "I'm swinging awful. I'm swinging terribly at the ball. And even though I hit some good shots, the divots aren't right and the path of the club isn't right. This is as bad as I've swung at the ball."

  • "You know, the lead for me right now is irrelevant. It's so far off that that's the last thing on my mind, because I just don't know where the ball's going. I would go hit balls, but I don't know what to do to try to fix it. I don't even know what to try to do. So no."

Mickelson did offer one ray of hope about his game.

"I'm putting okay."

Way to stay positive, Phil.

(Photo: Khalid Redza/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)

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October 19, 2013

Video: Watch Phil Mickelson toss football like a pro

Posted at 7:49 PM by Mike Walker

Phil Mickelson knows how to liven up a golf-equipment photo shoot: start throwing football passes like a pro. In the video above -- posted on Instagram by Callaway Golf -- Mickelson sends his receiver long and delivers a perfect spiral.

Mickelson's football prowess shouldn't be a surprise. He is a longtime San Diego Chargers fan and NFL junkie, and he showed off his arm strength as a guest pitcher for the Toledo Mud Hens in 2003.


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October 06, 2013

Video: Phil Mickelson skips shot over water hazard

Posted at 10:28 PM by Mike Walker

Phil Mickelson is the master of the recovery shot, but his second shot on 14 looked tricky even by his standard. Mickelson was in the right rough, on a steep slope, with a tree blocking his shot to the green and a water hazard fronting the green. Mickelson tried a miracle shot that hit the tree but got a miracle bounce, somehow skipping across the water. See the video above.

Mickelson, however, lost the hole and eventually the match 1-up to Angel Cabrera. But as usual with Mickelson, it was never boring.

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October 03, 2013

Photo: Tiger, Phil and Dufner hanging backstage at Presidents Cup opening ceremonies

Posted at 12:50 PM by Coleman McDowell
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(Photo: Getty)

Is #Tigering the new #Dufnering? 

Doubtful, but that doesn't make this photo any less amazing. In a candid shot of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner backstage of Wednesday night's Presidents Cup opening ceremonies, we get to see three of the biggest names in golf just hanging out. Pretty cool.

But there are more questions than answers after looking at this image.

First, was Tiger just lying on the stairs when Dufner and Phil happened upon him? Or did he get tired of the conversation and take a seat midway during Phil's speech? And what is Phil talking about? You don't learn much from Dufner's facial expression (surprise), but Tiger has a face mixed with shock and fear. Maybe Dufner was here first in an attempt to escape from the crowds when Phil and Tiger ran into him backstage. We'll never know. 

Your captions are welcomed.

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October 02, 2013

Couples, Price reveal Presidents Cup pairings, matchups for Thursday four-ball

Posted at 1:43 PM by Pete Madden
Fred Couples, Nick Price
Credit: Getty Images

 

Matt Kuchar is the 10th player to have Tiger Woods as a partner in the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Kuchar are in the fifth of six matches, taking on Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in fourballs. This is the seventh Presidents Cup for Woods, and the second for Kuchar.

International captain Nick Price has put Jason Day and Graham DeLaet in the opening match against Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson also have new partners.

Mickelson, the only player to have competed in every Presidents Cup, has Keegan Bradley. That's his 13th partner in this event. Els got his 10th partner in Brendon de Jonge, one of seven rookies on the International team.

It's the first time since 1996 the opening session is fourballs.

The full pairings and matchups are listed below.

1. Hunter Mahan & Brandt Snedeker vs. Jason Day & Graham DeLaet

2. Bill Haas & Webb Simpson vs. Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama

3. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley vs. Louis Oosthuizen & Charl Schwartzel

4. Steve Stricker & Jordan Spieth vs. Ernie Els & Brendon de Jonge

5. Tiger Woods & Matt Kuchar vs. Angel Cabrera & Marc Leishman

6. Jason Dufner & Zach Johsnon vs. Branden Grace & Richard Sterne

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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September 17, 2013

Mickelson unveils his Torrey Pines North redesign

Posted at 1:23 PM by Scooby Axson

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(The 18th green at Torrey Pines' South Course. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

There was a major uproar about the proposed renovation of Torrey Pines North Course when the entire San Diego City Council voted against the project in 2005 especially after the South Course was dramatically altered. 

Fast forward eight years, and a third meeting with the public seems to have changed some minds, especially after a hole-by-hole presentation of the renovated North, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The renovation is estimated to cost $7.8 million with a completion date of summer 2015. The changes are supposed to include a modernization of the greens and bunkers, which will make the course more playable for the average golfer.

There will also be an elimination of 22 acres of plant material to create more “natural” terrain on the edges of the course.

The eighth hole would become a par 5 with the green tucked closer to the canyon, while the ninth would be made into a long par 4. 

More proposed changes include:

- Creating two short, drivable par-4 holes at Nos. 2 and 16.

- Removing the two ponds on the par-3 17th hole.

- Re-introducing a pine tree to the middle of the fairway on the par-5 14th; the original tree was diseased and had to be removed.

- Reversing the nines to create a more “memorable” finish.

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Tiger tops PGA Tour money list for first time in four years

Posted at 12:44 PM by Coleman McDowell

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(Tiger shares a laugh with tournament host Arnold Palmer after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlanda, Fla. in March. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tiger Woods is back!

Back atop the PGA Tour's money list leaders, that is.

With $8,407,839 added to his bank account in 2013, Woods has locked up the No. 1 spot on the money list for the 10th time in his career. Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson trail by almost $3 million and currently sit at $5.48 million and 45.30 million banked this year, respectively, with one event left to play. And Woods did it playing a lighter tournament schedule (15 events) compared to Kuchar (22) and Mickelson (20).

The winner of this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta will pocket $1,440,000, but Woods has built up too big of a lead to be jumped. In a majorless-year marred with injuries, rules infractions and one-too-many photo albums on Facebook with his girlfriend, Tiger's five wins have fallen by the wayside as quietly as five wins possibly could. (The only players with multiple Tour wins are Kuchar, Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott, each with two victories.) 

But the bank accounts don't lie. This will be the first time for Woods to lead the tour's money list since his $10.51 million 2009 campaign where he won six events, but no majors. Does this mean he's back? Considering the Player of the Year debate is still being entertained given Woods' season, probably not. But it is a step

Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Kuchar each had a year on top of the money list in Woods' absence. McIlroy stands at 39th on the 2013 money list, while Donald is currently 41st. How quickly things change. Donald was the World No. 1 just two years ago and led the Tour with $6.68 million earned, while Tiger toiled in a winless 2011 season. Now, Tiger is back atop the money list, and Donald missed the cut at half of this year's major tournaments. 

The only two other players to displace Woods from No. 1 since 1997 are David Duval in '98 and Vijay Singh in '03, '04 and '08. 

August 31, 2013

Video: Watch Mickelson's amazing flop from the rough

Posted at 10:02 PM by Mike Walker

In Boston, they used to have a saying about free-spirited Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez who often confounded fans with his bizarre behavior on- and off-the-field: "That's just Manny being Manny."

On Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., fans watching Phil Mickelson recovering from wild tee shots to make improbable pars learned golf's version of the same phrase: "That's just Phil being Phil."

The most remarkable of Mickelson's recovery shots came on the par-3 11th, when Mickelson hit a flop shot from the patchy rough about 100 yards from the hole to inside 3 feet (and saved par). Take a look at the video above.





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