Friday, November 18, 2011
Phil Mickelson's Incredible Presidents Cup Run
Forget for a second that Phil Mickelson has played in every Presidents Cup. Or that he is the leading point getter on any team in the history of the event.
For one second, think about this; in the last 17 matches Phil has been a part of, he's lost once. Yep, that's true, Mickelson has been a menace.
It's funny because when you think about these team events, Mickelson's name hardly ever comes up. He's a good player that seems like he'd be fun to play with. He was one of the guys that thought players deserved money a few years back when that was a big story. He is one of the Big Two in the moneymaking categories that draws golf fans to stories but doesn't really make them boom (like Tiger does).
But Mickelson has quietly gone about his business. As Steve Elling points out, Lefty has gone on this run without a relative superstar. His partners in the last 17 matches have been Chris DiMarco, Woody Austin, Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim, Sean O'Hair, Justin Leonard and Jim Furyk. Of that list, only two have won majors (Leonard and Furyk) and both are just one-time major champions. But Lefty has carried them. His go-for-broke mentality seems to work in these types of events, because if it doesn't work, you just go to the next hole and hope this one will be different.
On Saturday, Mickelson gets another shot to play with Furyk, who are 2-0-0 this week as a team. They're veterans of these types of events, and admitted earlier this week that they've only played together once before because captains always like pairing them with some younger players to make them feel more comfortable. This time, they get each other, and it's working out fittingly.
Crazy that while Tiger continues to struggle, Mickelson plods along nicely, and gets little to no fanfare. Not a problem though. He's probably used to that.