The current generation of young golfers -- Anthony Kim, Ryo Ishikawa, Rickie Fowler and Quail Hollow winner Rory McIlroy -- look primed to give us great battles for the next 20 years, and we have Tiger Woods to thank for it, McIlroy said at his victory press conference Sunday evening.
I think I speak on behalf of all the early 20-somethings out here. Tiger was the guy that we all looked up to and the guy that we followed and the guy that we turned on our TV and the guy that we went out to practice so hard. He was the person that -- I think he's been the reason that the likes of Ryo, myself, AK, Danny Lee, all the younger guys, have flourished at such an early age, because Tiger set the benchmark so high.
We want to achieve that. Even if we don't quite get to that level, it's still pretty good. He's been a big reason for this influence of so many younger players.
Theatrically, Mickelson tried to make his point clear on the 18th green when he hit his approach shot over the flagstick and had a sloping, 60-footer for birdie that he could not get anywhere near the flag. At least. not without using a pitching wedge and hitting the flagstick with the lob shot.
He ordered caddie Jim Mackay to leave the flagstick in the hole as he putted away from the hole. It was shocking to see, to be sure, and nobody could recall ever witnessing it before in a tour event. If he'd made the putt, which he insisted was an impossibility, he would have been assessed a two-shot penalty.
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[John] Sullivan still had the bruise on his shoulder more than a week after the Masters, proudly displaying it as a badge of honor. But it wasn't the pain in his shoulder that bothered him. Or, more specifically, bothered his wife.
It was the way they said they were treated by Woods and his caddie, Steve Williams, when they came to retrieve the ball, which landed under Sullivan's portable chair. Especially when they saw the way Phil Mickelson handled a similar situation moments later.
After telling Williams the ball hit her husband, Kim Sullivan said she was disappointed Woods never asked if John Sullivan was OK. Nor, she said, did he even seem to care. But Williams did toss John Sullivan a ball after Woods hit his next shot, which struck a tree and ricocheted further into the pines.
Minutes later, playing in the twosome behind Woods, Mickelson hit his tee shot almost in the exact same spot in the pines. But Mickelson's ball struck a spectator in the foot and ricocheted to where he had a shot at the green. Mickelson was able to salvage par at No. 11, then went on to birdie four of the final seven holes to win.
John Sullivan said Mickelson came over to the spectator, talked to him to make sure he was OK and gave him an autographed golf glove that said, "Thanks for the assist."