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Archive for April 14th, 2010

Callaway docs come to Mickelson’s rescue prior to Masters victory

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If Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters triumph is ever turned into a feel-good Lifetime movie, what transpired prior to the first major of the year will definitely need to be chronicled and put on the silver screen.

As GolfDigest.com’s Mike Johnson first reported yesterday, Mickelson cracked the crown of his Callaway FT-9 TA driver at the Shell Houston Open. Like the putter in his bag, Mickelson is very particular with his driver specs.

Instead of calling Callaway and requesting a new stick, Lefty decided to make things a bit more difficult on Callaway, asking the company to repair the cracked face, while also keeping the rest of the club intact. To say that’s an easy fix would be the equivalent to calling Mickelson’s miraculous shot on 18 easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/14/2010 at 5:38 pm

It’s now or never for Sergio Garcia

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It wasn’t supposed to be this hard; especially after the way things started back in the summer of 1999. Chasing a young Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship, a baby-faced 19-year-old named Sergio Garcia matched the world’s top golfer, shot-for-shot, in one of the most enthralling major championships in some time.

And that was before Garcia pulled off an are-you-kidding-me shot at Medinah that still resonates in our minds to this day. Nestled up against a tree (and the root) with the tournament in the balance, Garcia closed his eyes, swung hard, and managed to hit a low fade that ran onto the green. Shot of the tournament.

Funny thing is, that shot we so fondly remember from the 1999 PGA Championship is still the one most recall when you mention Garcia’s career highlights. The lowlights? We’ll there have been plenty. From spitting into the hole at Doral, to blaming a blown opportunity to win the British Open on a slow group in front of him, it’s easy to how little Garcia has matured, not only as a player, but as a person. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/14/2010 at 5:13 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Sergio Garcia