The Open

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson on winning the Open Championship.  He fought the wind, the course, the best players in the world, and had a great finishing stretch of holes.

That being said, is Phil the next coming?  Why all the love?  Why did Phil do an interview claiming victory when players were still on the course?  Was it a stretch that he may have been caught?  Sure, but 95% of golfers in that situation would be on the range, preparing for a playoff.  Not Phil.  Apparently he is beyond that.  Let’s do an interview and yuk it up, Tom.

There are TW guys and there are Phil guys, I get that.  Tiger cheated on his wife.  No excuses there.  But is Phil, who’s 9 majors behind TW, deserving of all this love?  The media cannot get enough of him.  Phil this, Phil that.  Andy North said of the putt on 18, “this putt will go down in the annals of history”.  What??  Seriously?  He made a 12 foot putt.  Annals of history?  I give him all the credit in the world for that finish.  3 finishing birds on that course is flat out awesome.  But if you use the ” history” word, you better be talking about HISTORY.  Johnny Miller shooting 63 is HISTORY. 

Is Phil the most likeable guy on tour?  Let’s hear it from his peers:

“Last August at the PGA Championship, a reporter turned to a golfer on the tour and said of Phil Mickelson, “Man, the fans here love Phil.” The golfer replied, “They don’t know him the way we do.” It blew our minds a little when we heard this, since Mickelson ranks among the most admired golfers in America. But today the same reporter makes his case bluntly: “Phil Mickelson literally has no friends out there. He annoys everybody.”” GQ

Don’t get all, “you’re jealous” on me.  Am I jealous he won?  Not really.  I certainly wanted Tiger to win, and Phil not to win.  That being said, Phil was the best golfer TODAY.  He shot the best round of the tourney in the best situation.  He deserves the Claret Jug.  I am happy for him and his fifth major victory.  The media and fans are ridiculous with the adoration.  He complained about the course and they watered it down for him.  But stop the unequivocal love.  He’s not a saint.  He’s Phil. He’s a guy with a smile and a great golf game.  5 majors….9 less than Tiger.

 

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