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Posts Tagged ‘Phil Mickelson’

The Tradition. The Masters. The Green Jacket.

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I’m not sure what day it was when I became my dad. One thing is for certain, it was probably when I started to enjoy watching golf on television. I don’t believe I am alone when I say that I grew up in a household with a father who never played golf but who inexplicably always watched it on television. The Masters.  Back in those days, there were about 5 channels you could actually watch.

As a child, I remember sitting there wondering how my father could possibly be enjoying The Masters or any other PGA golf tournament.  He was sleeping on the sofa! I could see why he enjoyed it. It was the 1970s equivalent of washing down a few Ambien with a bottle of Nyquil. Today, I enjoy watching golf while my children sit in wonderment about why I am a viewer. At least I speak to them about the game, The Masters, and just how difficult the game of golf is. I’m not sleeping.

More Masters tradition after the jump >>

Which Phil Shot Was Bigger?

Phil Wins

Much to the chagrin of the supporters everywhere, the good guy won the Masters, which led to a celebration of all things good about the importance of a strong family unit in today’s society. I’m sure Elin Woods was pleased with all those comparisons. Nevertheless, I’m not here to discuss the difference between Phil Mickelson winning the Masters as opposed to Tiger Woods.

I’ll leave that conversation to people who make more money than me.

Instead, I’ll simply ask a question: which shot was bigger in relation to Mickelson’s victory? The eagle he hit on 14 or his “through the trees” save on 13 in the final round?

After the jump, video of Phil’s great shots >>

Lucas Glover Wins

Lucas Glover

After enough rain to warrant ark-building, hectic crowds, crowd-favorite Phil Mickelson, and the reemergence of David Duval — it’s been awhile — relatively unknown Lucas Glover wound up holding off the field and finished at four-under to win the US Open. Glover had to hold off a crowd-driven rush of Duval and Mickelson to win his first major championship. While he shot a three-over for the final round, his birdie on 16 and his par, par finish was just enough to have his name immortalized. As for Tiger, in spite of the less-than-stellar play, Woods still managed to finish in the top-10 with an even score for the tournament.

While it’s not the defense of the title Tiger envisioned, the fact he was able to finish in the same sentence as the leaders speaks to his ability to grind, especially when he’s not shooting with his best stuff.

What is David Duval Doing Up Here?

David Duval

Yes, David Duval is currently tied for the lead at the US Open. Make that was. After back-to-back birdies, the unlikely co-leader is now tied with Phil at two-under. Lucas Glover is now in “control” with after birdieing 16. Phil’s in clubhouse and Duval is on 18th.

And down the stretch they come. Can Glover hold on?

Boob Grab > Angel Carbrera’s Masters Win

Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera won the elusive green jacket yesterday, beating Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a sudden death playoff to secure his Masters victory. Yes, Kenny Perry’s faltering on the 17th and 18th holes played a large part in Cabrera’s second major title, but give credit the first Argentine to win Augusta National’s prestigious tournament. Unfortunately for Cabrera, most of the press is focusing on the aforementioned Perry, as well as the Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson pairing.

Something else is helping steal Cabrera’s post Masters victory thunder as well: boobs. An excited spectator decided he’d share his zeal for PGA golf by grabbing the boob of the woman next to him. Fortunately for the grabber, the woman didn’t take too much offense; otherwise, said boob-grabber might be picking his head up off the ground.

That, my friends, will be what the sports blogosphere remembers most about the 2009 Masters. Angel Cabrera winning is way down on the list, behind folks like Perry, Woods and Mickelson.

And boobs.

Apparently, winning the green jacket only resonates if your first name is “Phil” or “Eldrick.”

Jim Furyk Wants A Green Jacket (Masters Update)

Masters Badge

The entire field is underway in Augusta, and while the Tiger watch is still going strong (1-over though 6), we might want to turn out attention to Jim Furyk, who apparently wants another Major championship to go with his US Open victory. Currently, Furyk is on top of the leaderboard with a 6-under, while folks like Shingo Katayama, Larry Mize, and Chad Campbell are right behind him at 5-under. After those three, there are four other golfers sitting two strokes behind the leader.

Other notables:

Mickelson: 1-over
Immelman: 1-over
Garcia: Even
Harrington: 3-under
Cabrera, aka, No More Cigarette Smoking Man: 4-under
Vijay Singh: 1-under

The Run For the Green Jacket

Trevor Immelman

It’s Masters Tournament time in Augusta, Georgia and while the Tiger watch is already at full-force, perhaps we should be giving Trevor Immelman some more love; I mean, seeing how he won the damn thing last year. Granted, Immelman hasn’t won, well, anything PGA-related since his green jacket victory, but the fact remains, as defending champion, there’s been relatively little talk about Immelman’s chances at a repeat.

For that, you can obviously blame Woods, who will be participating in his first major since he had his knee repaired.

The media has been on full Tiger alert this week, rightfully so, I might add. Of course, if Tiger does win his fifth green jacket this weekend, the media blitz will the pre-Masters talk pale in comparison. Besides Tiger, there is another cat named Phil you might want to consider. All Lefty has done in 2009 is win two tournaments already. Not only that, but between Tiger and Phil, Phil has the most recent Masters victory.

Tee Times of Note (all times Eastern)
Retief Goosen – 9:39
Justin Rose – 10:12
Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els – 10:23 (the threesome to watch?)
Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington – 10:34
Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk – 10:45
Stuart Appleby, Sergio Garcia – 10:56
Fred Couples, Rocco Mediate – 12:02 pm
Zach Johnson – 1:08 pm
Trevor Immelman – 1:41 pm
Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink – 1:52 pm

As you can see, Woods is in the second-to-last pairing of the day, giving him a good idea of what he needs to shoot if he decides to announce his presence early in the tournament. Currently, your leader is Ross Fisher at 3-under par. Fisher is through 10 holes. Watch him be your wire-to-wire winner. Would the Tiger-starved media embrace something so unexpected with the same fever they embrace Woods?

Greg Norman? Really?

Greg Norman

In an effort to prove his golf game is as refined as the wine he produces, Greg Norman is attempting a little redemptive “comeback” of his own as he finds himself atop the leaderboard at the British Open. After shooting back-to-back par-70s, Norman also finds himself the sole golfer in the tournament who is not above par. Maybe the Shark was waiting for the Tiger to lay low before he wanted to make himself heard again…

Although, the idea of a Tiger and Shark fighting it out for the rights to the Open championship trophy lends itself to some Discovery Channel/Animal Face-off fun. While he still has two days worth of good golf to deliver, I must say it is nice to hear Greg Norman’s name in again in relation to golf. Let’s just hope he doesn’t choke another Major victory away — provided he’s in position to win.

Directly behind Norman is Camilo Villegas, a Colombian golfer who sits at +1. Behind Villegas is a group of golfers at +2, including Rocco Mediate, Jim Furyk, Ian Poulter and K.J. Choi. Sergio Garcia sits at +5, while Phil Mickelson and John Daly looks like they will be missing the cut with a +10 and a +15, respectively.

Greg Norman

However, all eyes are on the wine-making golfer from Australia. Can he complete the feel good story and capture his first Major victory since the 93 British?