Sunday, March 27, 2011

Phil Mickelson Plans to Be Very Phil Mickelson-y in Houston


If there is one thing we all can agree on about Phil Mickelson, it's that he's unpredictable. One time at a U.S. Open he didn't put a driver in his bag. Then, just to make people continue to question his sanity, he brought two drivers out to combat wind. So when you read the quote Dave Shedloski files over at Golf Digest about what Phil said, you shouldn't be totally surprised.

Next week, Phil will play the Shell Houston Open, and although the golf course stretches to over 7,400 yards, Mickelson said a lot of the run-out areas are around the 300 yard mark. Seems like a perfect opportunity for Phil to work on managing his golf game, right? Wrong, sir. Very, very wrong.

"The problem for me there is there is so much water that pinches off the tee, and I'm just not going to hit 3-woods off the tee and play that course strategically the week before Augusta," Mickelson said. "And then when it gets windy and I'm trying to hit high balls for Augusta and it requires a low knock-down shot, it's not going to work.

Haha. Phil is so darn funny. "Hit three-woods instead of drivers? What are you, insane!"

The problem is (and this is a subject I chatted about with Jamie Watson on her radio show this Sunday), you can't totally count Phil out at Augusta. A year ago he went into this event with no momentum and won the whole thing, so maybe there is something special about the place that brings out the best in certain golfer's games.

That said, I can't wait to check Mickelson's driving numbers on Sunday of next week. Those can't be good.

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3 comments:

greenfee said...

Quote - "I'm just not going to hit 3-woods off the tee and play that course strategically the week before Augusta"

When did Mickelson ever play any course strategically?

seak said...

Phil plays the Houston course like it's Augusta National, and if he shoots a good score, it's a bonus. I guess he's honest about it, but it feels a little disrespectful of the tournament.

Anonymous said...

Phil can't putt anymore, so it doesn't matter what he does with his long game.