Monday, January 31, 2011

Golfweek’s Jim McCabe talked to Phil Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay about Mickelson’s decision not to go for the green in two on the 18th hole Sunday, even though an eagle would have gotten him into a playoff with Bubba Watson:

“As we walked to the ball, we saw a lot of it and thought we got the break of the year,” Mackay said.
Now no one on tour is more aggressive than Mickelson — “he was itching to go for it,” said Mackay — but everything in the lie said no. The situation called for a “pronounced cut and there was a lot of grass so it would have been really hard to curve the ball,” Mackay said.
Mackay finds it comical to think people will debate the decision to lay up for days, especially since the decision process between caddie and player “lasted less than 10 seconds,” he said. “It was a no-brainer.”
“I would say conservatively, Phil hits the flagstick on the fly 6-10 times a year,” Mackay said. “And he was only 72 yards away, his bread and butter.”
And Phil being Phil, guess what? He nearly pulled it off. With Mackay holding the flagstick, Mickelson hit a splendid shot near the hole, landed it on the slope, then watched it roll back.
President Obama might play golf with House Speaker Boehner According to The Hill,
Obama's been an active golfer since becoming president, and Boehner's known to enjoy some time on the course, where he's reputed to have a relatively low handicap.
A trip to the golf course would be a way to improve the personal relationship between the president and the Speaker. While both maintain that their relationship with the other is "fine," neither are reputed to be especially close with one another, as President Clinton had been for sometime with his GOP adversary at the time, Speaker Newt Gingrich.
if Clinton hosts the Bob Hope Classic Monty: I’ve got thick skin about Poulter’s course criticism according to The Scottish Daily Record
But after making an eight-foot birdie putt at the last to make the Bahrain cut yesterday, Monty said: "Some of his comments are slightly over the top but that's Poulter.
"He's a character and he's entitled to his opinions. It's just they're not the opinion of the majority of the Tour.
"But don't worry because I can handle Ian Poulter, believe me.
"He did a great job at the Ryder Cup where he was super but he's entitled to his opinions."
Stray Shots:
Via Ryan Ballengee’s ProGolfTalk
Bubba Watson's post-victory press conference

Q. Did you ask your dad to influence that wedge shot by Phil?

BUBBA WATSON: No. All I thought about is in the scoring tent, why hasn't he hit yet? He's taking forever to hit. Could somebody tell me what's going on? Then I thought what are we going to do? Are we on 18? And I had to think about playing 18 again, and then he missed. So I did not have to worry about that anymore.
* I never thought any golf course could be colder than Royal Birkdale during the 2008 British Open, but Ice Tee Golf Tournament on Lake Wallenpaupack has the edge. (Via The Pocono Record)
* Peyton Manning takes the top spot from Tiger Woods in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2011 list of the 100 most powerful athletes. I guess no one at Bloomberg Businessweek watched the Colts this season, or the NBA the past five seasons because Shaquille O'Neal is ranked sixth. Follow Mike Walker on Twitter

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