Phil + no Tiger = uninspired playJust as Affleck needs Damon and The Edge needs Bono, Phil, it is becoming increasingly clear, needs Tiger. What else to make of Mickelson’s sloppy one-over-par 71 at Colonial yesterday—yet another listless round for Lefty when he competes in a Tiger-less field. Larry Dorman of the New York Times reports:
In a trend that started at the Tour Championship last season, Mickelson seems to have been saving his best performances for tournaments in which Woods was also playing.
In fact, of the last five tournaments in which both were in the field, Mickelson won three, finished second in one and tied for 17th in another. He finished first at the 2009 Tour Championship, first at the ’09 WGC-HSBC Champions, first at the Masters, second at the Quail Hollow Championship and tied for 17th at the Players Championship, fading to a closing 74 after starting the day five strokes off the pace before Woods had to withdraw with a neck problem.
Before the Woods as Motivation theme is dismissed, it should be mentioned that in Mickelson’s first seven events preceding this year’s Masters, during which Woods was absent, Mickelson had only one top-10 finish (tied for eighth at AT&T Pebble Beach) and no other finishes higher than 19th.
"They gave me a standing ovation in the class. I think some of my friends just wanted to see if I would blush."
"I wasn't surprised he did as well as he did and, some people might say, contended. If you look at it, and you look at the opportunities he did miss, I see no reason to suggest that he couldn't have won that event as a 16-year-old amateur. He certainly expects more from himself now."“Hi, Jordan, I'm Billy. I shot 78 last weekend and went to a Nick Jonas concert. What have you been up to?
In a few weeks, he's going to play the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic in Memphis and says he'd like to be in as many Tour events as he can. He also says he hopes to qualify for the U.S. Open. He's scheduled to play a sectional qualifier starting June 7 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Publicly, all the pros have praised Colorado Golf Club this week as worthy of a championship. Privately, an accomplished professional said after a warm-up round early in the week that he hated the course like an IRS audit and that every shot to the green on the 4s and 5s was blind. He withdrew Thursday before teeing off. For those keeping score at home, Peter Jacobsen, Hal Sutton and Paul Azinger opted out Thursday, citing "illness" and "injury." Of course. Later somebody named Rod Spittle quit. He wasn't worth spit at CGC.