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PGA’s not-so-Grand Slam loses only “marquee name”; Bermuda’s future could be in doubt

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Earlier this month Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown wondered aloud if Bermuda had a future as the site of the PGA Grand Slam. The event, which used to be a reward for winning one of the four major championships, no longer held the same high profile as in years past.

In an interview with The Royal Gazette, Brown made it clear that Bermuda was putting more than enough money into the event — $1.5 million a year, to be exact — to host the Grand Slam. For that kind of money he didn’t want a couple of one-time major championship winners; he wanted a “marquee name.”

This year’s major championship group was, shall we say, short on “marquee names.” While Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell were all worthy major winners, they lacked the big name status of Masters winner Phil Mickelson.

The first three quickly accepted the invite to play in the event; Mickelson, on the other hand, decided to keep the PGA waiting. Mickelson’s slow roll routine led to an interesting article in The Royal Gazette.

As the Premier told the paper, he was starting to have second thoughts on the financial benefits of Bermuda hosting an event where the marquee names in the field never showed up: “The PGA is working hard to make sure we have a marquee name for this year’s tournament. I would probably have bet my house that we would have had Tiger [Woods] within the four-years and I would have been wrong.

“We are in talks about next year but we are going to wait and see what happens this year. If we don’t get a good deal this year we will have to renegotiate.”

The wait and see approach ended on Monday, as Mickelson declined the invitation to the event, opting to spend time at home and rest after a grueling season. And just like that, the PGA Grand Slam no longer had a “marquee name.” Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

09/20/2010 at 5:03 pm

Does Phil Mickelson really care about being the World No. 1?

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As expected, Phil Mickelson has been his usual roller coaster self during most of his 2010 season. The 40-year-old Mickelson, currently the holder of the second best player in the world title, has had his share of ups and downs.

And that’s to be expected, especially when your last name is synonymous with scrambling and miraculous golf shots.

The highlight of the year came in early April, as Mickelson managed to take home his third green jacket at the Masters. His swashbuckling style allowed him to pull off a number of shots that not only put his name in the history books, but gave CBS a couple of highlights we’ll be seeing for years to come.

But aside from the highlight of the Masters, there have been a number of lowlights, most recently his inability to take over a role many thought he coveted: the title of world’s best golfer. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

07/09/2010 at 11:50 pm

Maybe Phil Mickelson should get sick before every tournament

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Phil Mickelson loves being sick. Seriously, the guy thrives off having a bad head cold and nausea, knowing full well he has to play golf the following day.

Don’t believe me? Mickelson won the in 2001 at Torrey Pines and at Doral last year after fighting the flu before and during the aforementioned tournaments. There’s something about coughing and vomiting that brings out the best game in Lefty.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Mickelson’s name near the top of the leader board this week after hearing of the 48-hour bug he’d been dealing with that supposedly left him dehydrated and in need of an IV prior to Thursday first round.

“The last two times I’ve fainted and woken up in a pool of vomit, I’ve won,” Mickelson said after Thursday’s first round. “Laying there on the floor wondering where I am, a good omen came over me.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/30/2010 at 4:31 pm

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’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

One green jacket and a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut to go, please!

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If Wheaties is the “breakfast of champions,” then what would you call Krispy Kreme doughnuts? I’m going with the greatest cure for a massive hangover, but that’s just me.

Regardless of what category Krispy Kreme falls in for you, it looks like Phil Mickelson has a special place in his stomach heart for the greasy treat.

The three-time Masters champ was spotted at a Krispy Kreme this morning, Masters jacket in tow. The best part of the photo has to be the fact that he’s wearing the Masters jacket the day after the tournament. Mind you, this is a guy who already has two of them, so he’s had the rush of victory at Augusta before. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 3:37 pm

2010 Masters: Phil Mickelson final round video recap

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OK, so I know highlights from Phil Mickelson’s final round have been played out more times than a Top 40 Lady Gaga song, but this video was pretty damn impressive.

This recap of Mickelson’s fourth round at the Masters gets checks in all the right boxes. Great music score? Check. Well-done highlight reel? Double-check. Mickelson winning his third green jacket? Triple-check. But I may be a little biased with the last check.

And did I mention the video comes sans comments from CBS’s on-course crew? Not sure what comes after the triple-check, but this was the one that clinched it for me.

Even though I’m pretty sure all of you could recall these highlights in your sleep (or am I the only one with this particular problem?), I still figured it was worth sharing with the rest of the class.

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 3:08 pm

Mickelson’s victory leads to free Callaway drivers for a lot of happy golfers

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Sometimes it pays to take a gamble every once in a while. As Phil Mickelson was taking gigantic gambles on the golf course late into Sunday’s final round, a group of golf fans were watching the television, hoping their gamble on Mickelson paid off.

Mind you, these golfers weren’t rooting for Mickelson to win a wager; rather, they were hoping Mickelson could finish off the tournament with a victory to secure a free Callaway driver for all of those crazy enough to sign up for Golfsmith’s “Win with Phil” promotion.

If Phil Mickelson won the Masters, Golfsmith promised to give a full refund to anyone crazy enough to buy a Callaway driver prior to the start of the Masters. Unlike Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade’s unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the same promo last year, Callaway and Mickelson hit a grand slam with it at the first major of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 12:24 pm