Monday, February 4, 2008
Good For Golf, Phil Gets it Going
The only person in golf that even has a remote chance of bringing the type of fanfare and media hype to tournaments besides Mr. Tiger is Phil Mickelson.
He's a good polar opposite being to counter that of Tiger. He's left-handed, likes to bet sports, isn't in David-esque shape, wears a goofy smile that is a shade from intimidation and is the classic loser to Tiger's invisibility. They have been known to not be the best of friends and are both ok with that.
With this said, Phil coming in second to J.B. Holmes after Holmes made a birdie on the first playoff hole at Sunday's FBR Open is at least a glimpse that Mickelson is back from a mini-slump that had him winning only one tournament since his Players Championship victory nearly ten months ago.
We could use a little Mickelson push on Tiger to give the golf world something to care about. As much as everyone loves seeing El Tigre win, it loses its luster when everyone is always outmatched. Here is hoping that 2008 might be the year Tiger and Phil can dominate the majors and make it a little Nicklaus-Palmer.