Truth & Rumors: Phil Mickelson to skip WGC-Accenture Match Play
Following his tie for 49th place at the Humana Challenge, Phil Mickelson announced that he would be skipping next month’s WGC-Accenture Match Play. Alex Miceli has the story:
Mickelson, playing in the Humana Challenge for the first time in five years, has a conflict with his children’s spring break and, as in the past, will take the week off to vacation with his three children and wife, Amy, during the Feb. 22-26 Match Play.Those wanting more of Lefty won’t have to look hard to find him. Mickelson will be making his rounds on the West Coast over the next few weeks, playing the Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open before taking a week off with the family for a little R&R. Coming to America Chubby Chandler may have lost his brightest star in Rory McIlroy, but that hasn’t deterred ISM’s head honcho from seeking out new talent. Expect many of those new clients to bleed red, white and blue. While speaking with Golf Talk Central, Chandler stated that he would sign more American players this year than Europeans.
“I'm going to end up missing the Match Play this year as we're going to go on a family trip,” Mickelson, No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking, said Sunday after completing his third round here. “So as I miss that tournament, it was easier to add this one, too.”
Chandler recently set up shop in South Florida, ISM’s new American base, and has signed Peter Uihlein and Ben An in the last two months alone. Rex Hoggard of Golf Talk Central is also reporting that Steve Zika will take the lead on ISM’s descent into the American talent pool:
GTC has confirmed through various sources that Steve Zika, a longtime tour representative for Ping, will be ISM’s American front-man.Bubba gets a new ride Contrary to what Christina Kim thinks, Bubba Watson apparently can have it all. This past weekend, Watson became the proud new owner of the original General Lee car from the “Dukes of Hazzard.” While at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., Bubba tweeted a photo of the legendary vehicle:
Zika was with Ping for a dozen years and worked with the company’s PGA Tour team since 2001. It was during this time that Zika fostered a relationship with Lee Westwood, No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking and a longtime member of Chandler’s stable.
My fav at Barrett Jackson!! #dreamcar lockerz.com/s/176557904 — bubba watson (@bubbawatson) January 21, 2012Roughly five hours later, Watson sent out a follow-up tweet, exclaiming, “Just got my dream car!!!”
Never one to shy away from the send button, Bubba has since continued to tweet about his new prized possession, including this picture of him gassing up the General:
Last night I bought some gas!! #gamechanger #Lee1 lockerz.com/s/176822084 — bubba watson (@bubbawatson) January 22, 2012Watson has also contacted Notorious Whips with plans of customizing the classic Dodge Charger, including a complete restore of the inside.
And before you even ask, yes, the horn still works. All in all, the General Lee set Bubba back a mere $110,000. Not too shabby considering he owns a watch worth more than four times that. Hey Bubba, just make sure you keep an eye out for Roscoe. Tweet of the Day
Not a good day to b a punt returner for San Fran. #notanybodiesfavplayertoday — Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) January 23, 2012