Tuesday, January 24, 2012

With the 2006 PGA Tour season officially over, it's natural to think about 2007 and the many questions that will hang in the air like thought bubbles for the next two months.

Questions like:

  • Will Adam Scott will use his Tour Championship victory as a springboard to winning his first major?
  • Will Tiger Woods will extend his Tour winning streak beyond six straight victories?
  • Will golf's new FedEx Cup improve the "fan connectivity" that Tour commish Tim Finchem hoped for in his State of the Tour press conference last week?
  • Will the FedEx Cup entice the big boys to crack heads more often? Or will it be all sizzle, no steak?

None of these cliffhangers, however, compares to the enigmatic Phil Mickelson, whose now-you-see-him, now-you-don't scheduling has always baffled even the experts. His final public act this season, after throwing away a one-stroke lead with a double-bogey on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open in June, was to make a special mess of things at the Ryder Cup, going 0-4-1. That he proceeded to fall entirely off the map made him doubly vexing. No WGC-AmEx, no Tour Championship, no Fall Finish. He was—as always—the fall father. Never let it be said that Mickelson doesn't put a lot of time and energy into Halloween.



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