What do you give the guy who has everything for his 40th birthday? A round of golf at Cypress Point, arguably the nation's most exclusive golf club.
That's how Phil Mickelson celebrated his 40th birthday Wednesday, according to The New York Times' Bill Pennington.
“I am playing Cypress Point,” Mickelson said, smiling at the thought of playing the renowned private neighbor to the Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula. “I’m really looking forward to that.”
Cypress Point was ranked second in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World in 2009, behind New Jersey's Pine Valley. How exclusive is Cypress Point? Longtime member Bob Hope once joked, ""One year they had a big membership drive at Cypress. They drove out 40 members." Meet the new Tiger, same as the old Tiger Christine Brennan of USA Today observes how new fan-friendly, reformed Tiger Woods quickly reverted to his old surly self at a Tuesday press conference when a courageous reporter went off the approved script.
Tiger was getting into a days-of-yore groove relatively early in the news conference when, out of nowhere, a journalist dared ask a newsworthy and legitimate question.
"On the basis that all our professional lives are affected by our personal lives, can you tell us if you've got any resolution one way or the other with Elin yet?"
"That's none of your business," snapped the man who once willingly posted family pictures on his web-site to sell an image that ultimately was a lie, clearly suppressing every ounce of his new kinder, gentler, Buddhist nature. Stray observations
Just a few items we noticed while wondering how we're going to smuggle in this vuvuzela for the first round at Pebble on Thursday morning.
Tiger Woods and Tom Watson didn't make eye contact while waiting together on the 10th tee at Pebble Beach during a practice round Tuesday. Watson has been critical of Woods for his on-course swearing and club-throwing. (Via The New York Times)
If Padraig Harrington wins the U.S. Open, keep in mind that he had knee injury just three weeks ago. (Via Reuters)
If Tiger Woods finishes in the second third of the field and Phil Mickelson finishes no lower than eighth before the summer solstice then… If you can't figure out the rankings either, here's a helpful guide to how Mickelson can become No. 1. (Via PGATour.com)
Jack Nicklaus visited the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Washington State, where he's building a new 18-hole course for wounded veterans. “This is one out of love,” Nicklaus said. (Via The Tacoma News Tribune)