Greg Owen is no Phil Mickelson, thank God
Greg Owen is my new hero. After one of the most spectacular and anguished chokes in the history of competitive golf, Owen had the guts to explain to the fans his three-putt from two feet – two feet! – on No. 17 to blow his chance of victory at the Bay Hill Invitational, and his first victory in two years on the PGA Tour.
If Phil Mickelson had done that, all fans would have heard was a vast wind of silence and all they would seen was his broad backside heading toward the parking lot. Mickelson would have most likely skipped the press conference as well. I’m singling out Lefty here, because the hypocrisy of his public facade is the most obvious, but there are probably quite a few pampered pros who would have done the same thing.
Owen had to be feeling incredible, interior turmoil, yet he gave a short TV interview minutes after the round was over and followed that up with answering questions at the post-round press conference no human could possibly have enjoyed.
He’ll carry this around with him the rest of his career and the rest of his life.
The more I watch competitive golf, the more I’m convinced that the pro who does NOT choke is a rare bird indeed. All the great ones have felt a case of nerves at the conclusion of big tournaments. The difference is those guys knew there would be many more opportunities.
I’d like to say the same thing about Owens, but the Englishman probably won’t get that many more chances. Too bad, because that’s the only way he will ever even partially exorcize the demons he invited into his head Sunday.
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Next time you are tempted to flame Philly Mic for being two-faced, check the ropes on your way to the parking lot. You'll likely find one of the tour's most valued and loved resources signing autographs--regardless of what kind of day he's had (or what you invented to write about him the week before).
And while you're at it, consider some of the reasons the press and the players seem to dislike Phil--starting with a close relationship with fans that neither the whiney players or the press can seem to discourage with their arrows and jabs.
this actually came from the pen (keyboard) of the might Tim McDoodoo?
Tim McDonald said:
"The more I watch competitive golf, the more I’m convinced that the pro who does NOT choke is a rare bird indeed. All the great ones have felt a case of nerves at the conclusion of big tournaments. The difference is those guys knew there would be many more opportunities."
Dontcha just love quote marks and brackets to screw up your lovely blog, Timmy?
So in singling out Phil I believe you are completely out of order.
"I had been planning this trip for some time and bought tickets to the 3 practice rounds. As I posted sometime earlier I bougt a "GO PHIL" hat and tee-shirt to wear so Phil would notice me. I arrived about 7:20 am Tuesday, there weren't many people there yet. I was walking past the driving range looking for Phil. THERE HE WAS!!!! My heart was racing I was so excited to see him. He looked great, very classy in his visor, I might add. He saw me and laughed and thanked me . A few seconds later he whispered something to Bones and Bones pulled out a signed used glove Phil had in his bag and gave it to me!!! I yelled over THANKS PHIL YOU"RE THE BEST!!!! My husband was buying a flag at the souvenier stand and missed the whole thing. We continued to watch Phil on the driving range, it was awesome . When he finished, as he was walking away he turned to us and waved goodbye and thanked us for supporting the tour. We didn't see any other pros do that all 3 days!!! I followed Phil as long as possible. He was playing with Rocco Mediate. At the end of the 4th he was walking by me and jokingly said hey, Rocco wants to know where he can buy a tee shirt like that I was so excited I thanked him and told him how much it meant to me that he gave me the glove. He asked where I was from and was I here for the whole tournament. I told him he was the class act on and off the PGA. He extended his hand to shake and I patted him on the back and wished him good luck this weekend. He thanked me for supporting him and said for me to thank my husband too for bringing me there. My husband had business later in the week in Orlando. We specificly went to TPC to see Phil. It was a dream come true for me. He is truly a GREAT PERSON!!!"
"I took my 5 year old grandson to the opening round at Sawgrass and we followed Phil for 9 holes. He took the time walking between each green and tee to talk to him and ask him where he was from and how old he was. We then waited after his round was over to see if we could get his autograph. He very graciously signed autographs for about 30 minutes (much longer than anyone else) and asked my grandson if he had followed him all day (He teed off at 7:32 a. m.) and he told him we did and he signed a Players Club Flag for him. My grandson will never forget that and I will never forget the patience and generosity of Phil Mickelson."
Phil has the best relationship with fans out of all the guys on tour. I have seen it with my own eyes and heard it from hundreds of others.
Please stop writing this fictitious crap.
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