Masters winner Phil Mickelson now halfway home to a Mickel-slam
Having already captured the 2005 PGA title and now following that up with a commanding win at Augusta last week, there is the possibility of Phil Mickelson matching the Tiger Woods 2000-2001 feat of holding all 4 professional Major championship titles at the same time (the Tiger Slam). Let’s call it the Mickel-slam.
Oh yeah, I hear the giggles at this suggestion but take a look at the remaining two Majors he needs to complete the new impregnable quadrilateral. The next Major championship will be the US Open contested at Medinah. It was just last Fall that Mickelson won on a demanding US Open-style set-up at Baltusrol. Fourth in line would be the Open Championship held at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) this year. While this would be the toughest one for Mickelson to win because of his past reluctance to learn how to play along the ground, the course favors no one else from past experiences - it has not held the Open since Roberto DiVicenzo won in 1967. And Mickelson has been working on developing the requisite shots with swing coach Rick Smith and short game wizard Dave Pelz.
World Number 1 Tiger Woods is having to deal with his Dad’s failing health and it appears that his other-worldly powers during crunch time have been affected. I guess that even Superman had his kryptonite. But that primary stumbling block aside, who else is playing well enough to challenge Lefty?
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You are very wrong.
Tiger Woods has way to much pride and drive to let anything like that happen. Im not saying phil doesnt have the game..he does, he proved that last week. Common bro..lets not get caught up in the moment.
sorry for being such a porgie
its just that in my book, suggesting that something could/will happen is called a prediction..but lets not get caught up with that argument, english is my second language so ill give you that one. The fact is woods hates mickelson and he wont allow him to steal his parade.....oh and another thing...michelson winning the Open? I thouht we left the comedy for Baldwin.
Phil is the favorite going into Winged Foot, there is no doubt in my mind. Phil has more natural talent than anyone else on tour, even Tiger. Tiger is the only one on tour that comes close. The thing that has separated Phil and Tiger is that Tiger is a grinder to the core, while Phil is more laid back. The main thing lacking from Phil's game has been confidence. But after winning the last two majors, I have a feeling that won't be an issue going forward (or as much of an issue).
Now, the open championship is a different ball game all together, but I agree with Shanks that if Phil wins at Winged Foot, he will spend additional time preparing for it. And if we look back to 2004 when Phil won his first Masters and 2nd at the us open, he came close to winning the open. Just imagine how confident his game will be if he goes into the open championship with a 3 major winning streak.
Phil has always had the talent, but now that he has the confidence to go with it, watch out.
I did not intend to infer that there was some animosity between Mickelson & Woods. They get along ok when they have to. But I am saying they'll likely never be buddies.
Sunday you just hoped anybody would have a wonder round, and Billy Bunter would flounder under the weight of his stomachs, and chins,not to be, so for some excitement I took to sticking pins in my eyes, was more fun than watching him.
I did something I have never done before, turned the TV off before the presentation, I could not bear to watch the smug round face, grinning, as the green jacket was placed on his over burdened shoulders.
Shanks I too was rooting for Couples, his achilles heel, his short putts, and it proved once again too ominous for him, sad to see, but not totally unexpected.
I doubt Tiger will win either of the other 3 majors, I know exactly how he feels, my Dad died of cancer 8 weeks ago, and the couple of month's before, and even now, takes a terrible toll on your mind, and soul, I admire him tremendously for his resolve, and you knew how much it would have meant to him winning for his Dad.
I think had you taken the time to read what I wrote about fathers with cancer, how it affects the mind of the person whose father is going through this, then you would have understood, Shanks understands, he has been in the situation, it is one of the hardest things to endure, ( does it get any easier Shanks? ), what Tiger did was admirable, you understood the missed putts, the pressure he was under, the pain, fear and worry he must be carrying, his desire to win one last time for his Dad, if nothing else you have to admire his resolve.
Yes I am a Tiger lover, an Ernie lover, Vijay, Brad, et al, I just love golf and watching magnificient players, I just don't happen to like Phil, my opinion Simon, to which I am allowed, I will accept your insults to me, without insulting you back.
Ann, the saying goes that "time heals all wounds" but some take much longer than others. It got better for me once the period passed in which I grasped what a hole had been created in my life. Can't say exactly when but at some point it morphed into where I was just grateful to have had this person be a major part of my time here on earth. Everyone is different and there is no set timetable. Bless you as you go through this transition.
Thanks Shanks, I like that very much " I grasped what a hole had been created in my life ", oh absolutely, I will await the morphing, don't think it will be anytime soon, nor do I expect that either, but I accept,and will go through it, no point denying or fighting the inevitable.
Of course there will be rivalry, they are all vying for the top spot, at least it is not like fooball ( soccer ), where sometimes tempers flare and punches get thrown, now come to think of it, would that not have made better entertainment Sunday night than watching Phil win, kidding Simon, just kidding ha!.
I will miss Loch Lomond with Dad, then I would drag him off to the Open the following week, of course he loved Monty, I love Sandy, so I would walk round a bit with Dad watching Monty ( glaring at anybody if they dared to breath ha! ), Dad would walk round with me watching Sandy, oh how I will miss those moments, my brother and nephew watching Tiger, I learned my love of golf from Dad, starting with pitch and putt.
So yes indeed Shanks, their shadows are very deep, and how grateful we are to have those shadows, better to have had that love, than none at all, they helped make us the people we are today.
So you will have felt the same as me on Sunday watching Tiger, knowing how he feels, knowing the pain that is to come, Padraig was just the same, he lost his Dad to eosophagus cancer last year, look how long it has taken him to come back, as he freely admits, losing his Dad shook him to the core.
The Palmer-Nicklaus thing always looked a bit phoney to me when I see old tapes.
I don't think Trevino and Watson really liked Nicklaus either, although I could concieve the two actually liking each other.
Hogan admitted that his close friendship with Nelson faded into nothingness when he started competing tooth-and-nail with him week after week. Of course, Hogan eventually outdid Nelson by a long way.
Snead was never a friend to Nelson, and Hogan was never a friend to Snead.
Each of one those Europeans was in turn the greatest golfer in the world at one point or another, and although you could say they were friendly towards one another, I don't think they were friends.
Tiger only has a few friends, but I think this is because he feels very weary of the players on tour. There was so much jealously towards Tiger when he first came on the scene, and I think he still feels stung by that.
About the only guy who befriended him greatly was the then-best player in the world, Mark O'Mera. Now, I think most just wish they hadn't been such assholes towards him.
Hey, who needs friends when you're worth half a billion and have got a wife like that?
Tiger is not that way - at least not yet. Right now, he's more like Hogan. I'm sure he's got his reasons.
Yes a lot of the Europeans still remain friends, look at the partnership of the Ryder Cup, Ian the captain, and old friend Sandy part of the team, another interesting friendship, Vijay and Sandy, became friends on the European tour, and remain best friends, Sandy has a house next door to Vijay at Sawgrass, using it in the summer and staying at his home in Scotland in winter, so yes friendships do exist, and remain. Though David it is not compulsary to become friends, nor neccesary, they are actually going to work and doing a job, how many friends do you accumulate in the workplace.
I do think Tiger is mellowing, perhaps he is realising that there is more to life than golf.
Does anybody have an opinion on Camillo Villegas?, I thought his golf exciting and interesting, I would never say he is the next etc, etc, all are individuals, and have we not seen it so many times over the years, who can predict, I thought we might see great things from Sean o'Hair, though we still might, he had a wonderful rookie season winning the John Deere Classic, still waiting for decent British players, and most certainly ones without inflated ego's, that don't match their golf.
So far, in 12 tournaments, he has made 6 cuts.
Of those he has finished:
66th, 61st, 58th, 48th, which are pretty ordinary probably by his expectations.
Then he had 1 27th in the Mercedes, but there was only about 28 players or so.
At the match play he got to the last 32.
Poor start Sean. Much better performance mate.
Luckily, he has a 2 year exemption, with his win last year, because it could be very difficult for him to hold onto his card otherwise.
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