Phil Mickelson needs time to mope after Winged Foot
Just read where you’re withdrawing from the annual ING Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich. Probably a good idea. Why bring your family to an event you always enjoy and start moving forward with things? Instead, stay home and mope for a few weeks. Watch the Open’s final hole 200 times and review all the articles written about your meltdown (be sure to catch what Watson and Nicklaus had to say), and I’m sure you’ll feel much better by the next major.
There’s no doubt you’re making the right call, Phil. Don’t go to the Shootout, where you’ll be surrounded by longtime fans in a comfortable, low-key atmosphere. By playing at Treetops, you could show everyone that you’re not going to let one horrendous hole ruin you. But don’t do that. Wait a few weeks so your mind can really play games with you, and then return at a larger event where there’s a ton of press hanging on your every word.
Whatever you do, don’t listen to anyone who suggests playing at Treetops would be the best thing you could do. Now is the time for self-loathing. Savor this time. Sure, other athletes might choose to immediately start rehabilitating their careers. But why rush to regain your sense of perspective? You blew the U.S. Open, man. This is no time for an enjoyable, cathartic few days with the family at Treetops.
Thanks for listening. I’ll let you get back to your moping. All the best…Doug
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